ERIC Number: EJ1047927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Risk Factors Associated with Self-Injurious Behavior among a National Sample of Undergraduate College Students
Taliaferro, Lindsay A.; Muehlenkamp, Jennifer J.
Journal of American College Health, v63 n1 p40-48 2015
Objective: Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidality among undergraduates represent important public health issues. This analysis identified risk factors that distinguished 3 groups, those who reported no history of self-harm; self-injury, but no suicide attempts (NSSI only); and self-injury and a suicide attempt (NSSI + SA) in the past year. Methods: Data came from 16,044 undergraduates who completed the Fall 2010 National College Health Assessment. Results: Over 3% of students reported NSSI, and one third of these individuals also attempted suicide. Factors that distinguished the NSSI only and NSSI + SA groups from the no self-harm group included current depressive symptoms, nonheterosexual orientation, an eating disorder/extreme weight control behavior, and diagnosis of an internalizing disorder. Factors that distinguished the NSSI + SA group from the NSSI only group were current depressive symptoms and diagnosis of an internalizing disorder. Conclusions: Students experiencing mental health problems demonstrate increased risk for NSSI and/or suicidal behavior.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Self Destructive Behavior, Injuries, Suicide, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Eating Disorders, Body Weight, Behavior Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Student Attitudes, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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