Predicting impulsive self-injurious behavior in a sample of adult women

Black, Emma B. and Mildred, Helen (2013) Predicting impulsive self-injurious behavior in a sample of adult women. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201 1: 72-75. doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e31827ab1da

Author Black, Emma B.
Mildred, Helen
Title Predicting impulsive self-injurious behavior in a sample of adult women
Journal name Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3018
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/NMD.0b013e31827ab1da
Volume 201
Issue 1
Start page 72
End page 75
Total pages 4
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Abstract Different types of self-injury have been classified as reflecting impulsive and compulsive characteristics (article by Simeon and Favazza [Self-injurious Behaviors: Assessment and Treatment {pp 1-28}. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc, 2001]). The current research used a prospective design to evaluate whether there is a progression between these different types of self-injurious behaviors (SIB) over time. Support was found for a progression from compulsive SIB (including hair pulling, nail-biting, skin picking, scratching, and preventing wounds from healing) to impulsive SIB (including cutting, burning, carving, pin sticking, and punching) in a group of adult women (N = 106). Other factors hypothesized to be linked to this outcome were disordered eating, age, and personality facets of impulsivity (specifically, urgency and lack of perseverance). Of these variables, only urgency positively predicted impulsive SIB at the study's conclusion. These findings are discussed, limitations of the study are noted, and directions for future research are outlined. Copyright
Keyword Disordered eating
Eating disorders
Self-injurious behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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