Plante, L. (2010). Bleeding to ease the pain: Cutting, self-injury, and the adolescent search for self. Rowman & Littlefield: NY.

Goldfarb, L., Brotherson, M. J., Summers, J. A., Turnbull, A. P. (1986).  Meeting the challenge of disability or chronic illness: A family guide.  

            Baltimore, MD: Paul Brookes.


Book Chapters

Plante, T. G., & Plante, L. G. (2015). Adult clinical psychology. In J. Norcross (Editor-in-Chief) APA handbooks in psychology: APA

            handbook of clinical psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, in press. 

Plante, L. (2006). Helping adolescents with self-injurious behavior: Cutting in developmental context. In T. G.

            Plante (Ed.). Mental disorders of the new millennium (Vol 1). Westport, CT: Praeger.


Selected Journal Articles

*Please note that my maiden name was Goldfarb on earlier publications.

Goldfarb, L. P., Plante, T. G.,  Rahm, P., Couchman, C., & Brentar, J.T. (1997).  Administering the digit span subtest of the WISC-III to

            children with attentional, emotional, and learning difficulties: Should the examiner make eye contact or not?  Assesment, 4,  


Goldfarb, L. P., Plante, T. G.,  Brentar, J. T., & DiGregorio, M. (1995).  Administering the digit span subtest of the WISC‑III: Should the

            examiner make eye contact or not?  Assessment, 2, 305-310.

Plante, T. G.,  Goldfarb, L. P., & Wadley, V. (1993).  Are stress and coping  associated with aptitude and achievement testing

            performance among children?  A preliminary investigation.  Journal of School  Psychology, 31, 259‑266.

Goldfarb, L.  A., Gerrard, M., Gibbons, F., & Plante, T. G.  (1988).  Attitudes towards sex, arousal, and the retention of contraception

            information.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 55 ,  634‑641.

Goldfarb, L. A. (1987). Sexual abuse treat antecedents to anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating: Three case reports.

            International Journal of Eating Disorders, 6, 675-680.

Goldfarb, L. A., Fuhr, R., Tsujimoto, R., & Fishman, S. (1986).  Systematic desensitization and relaxation as adjuncts to the treatment

            of anorexia nervosa.  Psychological Reports, 60, 511-518.    

Cutting and other forms of self-injury are often cries for help, pleas for someone to notice that the pain is too much to bear. As Plante discusses here, the threat of suicide must always be carefully evaluated, although the majority of cutters are not in fact suicidal. Instead, cutting represents a rapidly spreading method for teens hoping to ease emotional pain and suffering. Bleeding from self-inflicted wounds not only helps to numb the cutter and vent despair, it can also be a dramatic means of communicating, controlling, and asking for help from others. Plante describes the frightening developmental tasks teenagers and young adults face, and how the central challenges of the three Is (Independence, Intimacy, and Identity) compel them to cope through self-destructive acts. Readers will come to a better understanding of these struggling teenagers and the dramatic methods they employ to ease and overcome their internal pain through a desperate need to cut and self-injure.