HomeADDU-SAS Graduate Research Journalvol. 8 no. 1 (2011)

A Psycho-Spiritual Intervention to Deal with Aggression of Adolescents Who Self-Harm

Fe D. Arcenas

Discipline: Psychology



This study makes use of a psycho-spiritual approach to reduce the aggression among adolescents who self-harm. Nine subjects from among college freshmen at Brokenshire College were selected based on the scores they obtained on the Self-Harm Behavior Questionnaire (SHBQ). Psycho-spiritual intervention was delivered through a four-day retreat that incorporated reflections on biblical Christianity concepts into discussions about anger, inner hurts, conflict resolution, and stress management. Results of the Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test show a significant difference between the pretest and posttest on levels of physical, verbal, and general aggression, as well as hostility. Delayed posttest results taken a month after the retreat shows no significant difference with pretest results in all subscales.