Longitudinal analysis of adolescent NSSI: the role of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors

Tatnell, Ruth, Kelada, Lauren, Hasking, Penelope and Martin, Graham (2013) Longitudinal analysis of adolescent NSSI: the role of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42 6: 885-896. doi:10.1007/s10802-013-9837-6

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Author Tatnell, Ruth
Kelada, Lauren
Hasking, Penelope
Martin, Graham
Title Longitudinal analysis of adolescent NSSI: the role of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors
Journal name Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-0627
Publication date 2013-12-17
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10802-013-9837-6
Open Access Status
Volume 42
Issue 6
Start page 885
End page 896
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) occurs in approximately 10 % of adolescents. To establish effective prevention and intervention initiatives, it is important to understand onset, maintenance and cessation of NSSI. We explored whether the relationships between interpersonal factors (i.e. attachment, social support) and NSSI were mediated by intrapersonal factors (i.e. emotion regulation, self-esteem, self-efficacy). Participants were 1973 students (1414 female and 559 male) aged between 12 and 18 years (M = 13.89, SD = 0.97) recruited from 40 Australian high schools. Participants completed a questionnaire at two time-points with a 12-month interval. At baseline, 8.3 % of adolescents engaged in NSSI, increasing to 11.9 % at follow-up. Family support was most salient in onset, maintenance and cessation of NSSI. Attachment anxiety was related to NSSI onset. Of the intrapersonal variables, self-esteem and self-efficacy were significant in predicting onset of NSSI. Self-esteem, self-efficacy and cognitive reappraisal mediated the relationship between attachment anxiety and NSSI onset. A combination of interpersonal and intrapersonal variables contributes to the onset, maintenance and cessation of NSSI in adolescence. Perceived family support appears to be an important safeguard against NSSI. Strategies targeting family functioning and teaching cognitive reappraisal techniques to adolescents may reduce the number engaging in NSSI.
Keyword Attachment
Family support
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 17 December 2013

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