Severe morbid onychophagia: the classification as self-mutilation and a proposed model of maintenance.

@article{Wells1998SevereMO,
  title={Severe morbid onychophagia: the classification as self-mutilation and a proposed model of maintenance.},
  author={J H Wells and Janet Haines and Carolyn L. Williams},
  journal={The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry},
  year={1998},
  volume={32 4},
  pages={534-45}
}
OBJECTIVES The aim of this review is to make a distinction between a mild and a severe form of onychophagia (nailbiting) that has not been adequately recognised in clinical research. Furthermore, the aim is to emphasise the need for greater understanding of the motivation for such self-injury as occurs in the severe form. The purpose of making the distinction is to evaluate whether a label of self-mutilation can be applied to the severe form. If this is the case, the tension-reduction model of… CONTINUE READING