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ERIC Number: EJ1145271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
The Effect of Psychological State and Social Support on Nail-Biting in Adolescents: An Exploratory Study
Sisman, Fatma Nevin; Tok, Ozlem; Ergun, Ayse
School Psychology International, v38 n3 p304-318 Jun 2017
Nail-biting is one of the most common behavioral problems in children. This study aimed to examine factors affecting nail-biting among adolescents and the effects of psychological state and social support on nail-biting. This cross-sectional study was conducted between January and May of 2014 in seven schools in Istanbul (N = 724). Data were collected using the Personal Information Form, Brief Symptom Inventory, and Child and Adolescent Social Support Scale. This study found that 48.2% of adolescents in the 11- to 17-years-old age group had a habit of nail-biting. Anxiety, depression, negative self image, somatization, hostility, and three global index scores of adolescents who bit their nails were significantly higher than in those who did not. Social support scores of those who bit their nails were significantly lower than in those who did not in the 'mother' and 'classmates' subscales and total scores. Psychological state and social support were factors affecting nail-biting among adolescents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Istanbul)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Brief Symptom Inventory
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