ERIC Number: EJ873700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Investigating the Co-Occurrence of Self-Mutilation and Suicide Attempts among Opioid-Dependent Individuals
Maloney, Elizabeth; Degenhardt, Louisa; Darke, Shane; Nelson, Elliot C.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n1 p50-62 Feb 2010
The prevalence and risk factors associated with self-mutilation among opioid dependent cases and controls were determined, and the co-occurrence of self-mutilation and attempted suicide was examined. The prevalence of self-mutilation among cases and controls did not differ significantly (25% vs. 23%, respectively), with gender differences identified among cases only. A number of risk factors were found to be associated with self-mutilation, including borderline personality disorder, alcohol dependence, childhood sexual abuse, and multiple suicide attempts. Not only is self-mutilation a clinically significant problem, but when combined with a history of attempted suicide, the psychological dysfunction observed is markedly high.
Descriptors: Personality Problems, Sexual Abuse, Incidence, Suicide, Risk, Gender Differences, Self Destructive Behavior, Substance Abuse, Control Groups, Alcohol Abuse, Mental Disorders
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