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Related to Non-suicidal self-injury: Self harm, Self mutilation, Self Injurious Behaviour


Self-inflicted physical harm, such as cutting, that is not suicidal and is usually a response to stress or trauma. Also called self-harm, self-mutilation.


n the act of intentionally hurting oneself. One manifestation of this is known as
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Risk for suicide attempts among adolescents who engage in non-suicidal self-injury.
An international comparison of adolescent non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide attempts: Germany and the USA.
Predictors of non-suicidal self-injury versus attempted suicide: Similar or different?
The pernicious blend of rumination and fearlessness in non-suicidal self-injury.
It has also been argued that a diagnosis of Impulse Control Disorder, not otherwise specified, seems a good match for characteristics associated with non-suicidal self-injury (Favazza, 1996, 1998).
In addition, a formally accepted definition of non-suicidal self-injury does not exist, thus making it a difficult variable to compare across studies (Muehlenkamp, 2005).
Given that non-suicidal self-injury is primarily conceptualized as a tool for emotion regulation (Linehan, 1993; Nock & Prinstein, 2004) maintained through positive and negative reinforcements, treatments utilizing cognitive-behavioral strategies show the greatest promise for successfully reducing the behavior.
It is important to acknowledge that there are few resources discussing elements of therapy thought to be critical to reducing non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).

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