Co-occurring non-suicidal self-injury and firesetting among at-risk adolescents: experiences of negative life events, mental health problems, substance use, and suicidality

Tanner, Alicia, Hasking, Penelope and Martin, Graham (2016) Co-occurring non-suicidal self-injury and firesetting among at-risk adolescents: experiences of negative life events, mental health problems, substance use, and suicidality. Archives of Suicide Research, 20 2: 233-249. doi:10.1080/13811118.2015.1008162


Author Tanner, Alicia
Hasking, Penelope
Martin, Graham
Title Co-occurring non-suicidal self-injury and firesetting among at-risk adolescents: experiences of negative life events, mental health problems, substance use, and suicidality
Journal name Archives of Suicide Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-6136
1381-1118
Publication date 2016-04-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13811118.2015.1008162
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 233
End page 249
Total pages 17
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Co-occurring internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors in adolescence typically marks more severe psychopathology and poorer psychosocial functioning than engagement in a single problem behavior. We examined the negative life events, emotional and behavioral problems, substance use, and suicidality of school-based adolescents reporting both non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and repetitive firesetting, compared to those engaging in either behavior alone. Differences in NSSI characteristics among self-injurers who set fires, compared to those who did not, were also assessed. A total of 384 at-risk adolescents aged 12–18 years (58.8% female) completed self-report questionnaires measuring NSSI, firesetting, and key variables of interest. Results suggest that adolescents who both self-injure and deliberately set fires represent a low-prevalence but distinct high-risk subgroup, characterized by increased rates of interpersonal difficulties, mental health problems and substance use, more severe self-injury, and suicidal behavior. Implications for prevention and early intervention initiatives are discussed.
Keyword Adolescence
Firesetting
NSSI
Problem behaviors
Suicide
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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