School Mental Health

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 201–212 | Cite as

“We’re Working in the Dark Here”: Education Needs of Teachers and School Staff Regarding Student Self-Injury

  • Emily Berger
  • Penelope Hasking
  • Andrea Reupert
Original Paper


Although teachers and other school staff encounter adolescents who self-injure, the behaviour evokes strong reactions. We (a) validated a measure of attitudes towards self-injury, (b) examined knowledge, confidence, and education needs regarding self-injury, and (c) explored the relationship between attitudes and responses to self-injury among 501 secondary school teachers and other school staff. Three factors reflecting participants’ attitudes were extracted. Experience was related to knowledge and confidence regarding self-injury, but not to attitudes. Thematic analysis of open-ended questions indicated a desire for education and resources. Implications for teacher education and school policies to support teachers in addressing self-injury are discussed.


Self-injury Education Teachers School staff 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Berger
    • 1
  • Penelope Hasking
    • 2
  • Andrea Reupert
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClayton, MelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Psychology and PsychiatryMonash UniversityClayton, MelbourneAustralia

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