Study shows viewing self-harm images online and in social media usually causes harm

March 22, 2023

'However, the mixed nature of the evidence indicates the complexity of issues regarding restrictions on online images of self-harm. 'I believe that the results of our review provide evidence that is helpful for the current debate on influences of viewing images of self-harm online and in social media. Our findings highlight the need to address the factors that may contribute to individuals seeking support online, despite the potential for harm. The findings could be used to inform further research and widen awareness about the potentially harmful and protective effects of viewing self-harm images online.' The full paper, ‘Viewing self-harm images on the internet and social media platforms: systematic review of the impact and associated psychological mechanisms’, can be read in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

The source of this news is from University of Oxford