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Hidden Scars, Silent Wounds

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25 min.
Closed Caption:
Human Relations Media
Grade Level:
7 - College
This video investigates the phenomenon of self-injury. Self-injury refers to a pattern in which a person harms himself or herself by cutting or even burning parts of the body to relieve stress from pent-up emotions. Many people suffer from this usually secretive activity. Typically they have endured unusual and stressful events or abusive family situations, and have resorted to self-injury as an unhealthy coping mechanism. The video and print package demystifies this often misunderstood problem by offering candid interviews with "cutters" and their families, as well as commentary by noted experts in the field. One interviewee describes her cutting as a form of self-punishment, but also as a strategy to keep her emotions from spiraling out of control. Viewers learn about the symptoms and causes of self-injury from a psychologist along with effective knowledge to sufferers and their families. Teacher's Resource Book includes class worksheets to extend students' investigation of this subject.

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