NSSI affects many young adults and is associated with suicidal ideation, as well as numerous mental health disorders and other psychological variables. There were a total of 59 participants that participated in this study from an undergraduate college sample who endorsed self-injuring. An online platform for research was used to recruit participants and provide them with the online survey link. Self-injuring more than one bodily location may result in feeling more stigma than individuals who self-injure one bodily location. Self-stigma and self-injuring multiple bodily locations both significantly predicted suicidal ideation, but gender and social support did not predict suicidal ideation. Women significantly endorsed self-injuring their torso more compared to men, otherwise, no other gender differences in bodily location of self-injury were found. In conclusion, clinicians should consider addressing self-stigma and number of bodily locations an individual self-injures when doing suicide risk assessments.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Smith-Kellen, S. (2017). Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Characteristics and How Social Support Plays a Role [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/715/
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