Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Tom Winter

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Lisa Lopez


Children in foster care are confirmed victims of maltreatment who may suffer from chronic trauma. These adverse childhood experiences will often increase the risk of physical and psychological adversities such as self-harm (SH), substance abuse, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), heart disease, depression, etc. Based on previous and current research studies, youth in foster care are less likely to receive adequate treatment for their self-harm behaviors and mental health needs. Failing to provide proper treatment could lead to harmful activities such as deliberate self-harm and potential suicide. This population-based study focuses on the prevalence of SH among youth in foster care by exploring the self-harm epidemiology in Region 2 Texas foster-care system. The premises of this study emphasize the need for social workers and practitioners to implement a trauma-informed care approach and trauma-specific interventions in clinical practice to reduce the pervasiveness of self-harm among adolescents aging out of foster care.

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