Group problem-solving skills training for self-harm: randomised controlled trial.
The NSRF’s latest publication features in the British Journal of Psychiatry; “Group problem-solving skills training for self-harm: randomised controlled trial”.
Participants (aged 18-64) were randomly assigned to two groups:
Group 1: With the intervention [group problem-solving skills training programme (PST)] plus treatment as usual (TUA)
Group 2: Without the intervention (PST), plus treatment as usual (TUA).
Overall, the intervention group, who received the PST, did not differ in terms of rates of repeated self-harm at 6 week, 6 month or 12 month follow up, when compared to the TUA group.
Further work is required to establish whether a modified, more intensive programme delivered sooner after the participant’s episode of self-harm, as defined by the researchers, would be effective.