The British Journal of Psychiatry
Self-Mutilation, Obsessionality and Narcissism
A. R. GARDNER, A. J. GARDNER

Abstract

A controlled study of the clinical and biographical features of 22 female repeated self-cutters is described.

The results of the assessment of these patients, using the Middlesex Hospital Questionnaire and the Obsessive-Compulsive section of the Tavistock Inventory, is presented.

The marked obsessionality of these patients is emphasized and the possible implications of these findings for treatment is discussed.