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Association of aggression and non-suicidal self injury: a school-based sample of adolescents.
PLoS One 2013; 8(10):e78149Plos

Abstract

PURPOSE

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in adolescent has drawn increasing attention because it is associated with subsequent depression, drug abuse, anxiety disorders, and suicide. In the present study, we aimed to estimate the prevalence of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in a school-based sample of Chinese adolescents and to explore the association between aggression and NSSI.

METHODS

This study was part of a nationwide study on aggression among adolescents in urban areas of China. A sample of 2907 school students including 1436 boys and 1471 girls were randomly selected in Guangdong Province, with their age ranging from 10 to 18 years old. NSSI, aggression, emotional management and other factors were measured by self-administrated questionnaire. Multinomial logistic regression was used to estimate the association between aggression and NSSI, after adjustment for participants' emotional management, and other potential confounding variables.

RESULTS

The one year self-reported prevalence of NSSI was 33.6%. Of them, 21.7% engaged in 'minor NSSI', 11.9% in 'moderate/severe NSSI'. 96.9% of self-injuries engaged in one to five different types of NSSI in the past year. Hostility, verbal and indirect aggression was significantly associated with self-reported NSSI after adjusting for other potential factors both in 'minor NSSI' and 'moderate/severe NSSI'. Hostility, verbal and indirect aggression was significantly associated with greater risk of 'minor NSSI' and 'moderate/severe NSSI' in those who had poor emotional management ability.

CONCLUSION

These findings highlight a high prevalence of NSSI and indicate the importance of hostility, verbal and indirect aggression as potentially risk factor for NSSI among Chinese adolescents.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Public Health, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China ; Department of Child, Adolescence & Woman Health Care, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24205132

Citation

Tang, Jie, et al. "Association of Aggression and Non-suicidal Self Injury: a School-based Sample of Adolescents." PloS One, vol. 8, no. 10, 2013, pp. e78149.
Tang J, Ma Y, Guo Y, et al. Association of aggression and non-suicidal self injury: a school-based sample of adolescents. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(10):e78149.
Tang, J., Ma, Y., Guo, Y., Ahmed, N. I., Yu, Y., & Wang, J. (2013). Association of aggression and non-suicidal self injury: a school-based sample of adolescents. PloS One, 8(10), pp. e78149. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078149.
Tang J, et al. Association of Aggression and Non-suicidal Self Injury: a School-based Sample of Adolescents. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(10):e78149. PubMed PMID: 24205132.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Association of aggression and non-suicidal self injury: a school-based sample of adolescents. AU - Tang,Jie, AU - Ma,Ying, AU - Guo,Yong, AU - Ahmed,Niman Isse, AU - Yu,Yizhen, AU - Wang,Jiaji, Y1 - 2013/10/30/ PY - 2013/05/13/received PY - 2013/09/09/accepted PY - 2013/11/9/entrez PY - 2013/11/10/pubmed PY - 2014/9/19/medline SP - e78149 EP - e78149 JF - PloS one JO - PLoS ONE VL - 8 IS - 10 N2 - PURPOSE: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in adolescent has drawn increasing attention because it is associated with subsequent depression, drug abuse, anxiety disorders, and suicide. In the present study, we aimed to estimate the prevalence of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in a school-based sample of Chinese adolescents and to explore the association between aggression and NSSI. METHODS: This study was part of a nationwide study on aggression among adolescents in urban areas of China. A sample of 2907 school students including 1436 boys and 1471 girls were randomly selected in Guangdong Province, with their age ranging from 10 to 18 years old. NSSI, aggression, emotional management and other factors were measured by self-administrated questionnaire. Multinomial logistic regression was used to estimate the association between aggression and NSSI, after adjustment for participants' emotional management, and other potential confounding variables. RESULTS: The one year self-reported prevalence of NSSI was 33.6%. Of them, 21.7% engaged in 'minor NSSI', 11.9% in 'moderate/severe NSSI'. 96.9% of self-injuries engaged in one to five different types of NSSI in the past year. Hostility, verbal and indirect aggression was significantly associated with self-reported NSSI after adjusting for other potential factors both in 'minor NSSI' and 'moderate/severe NSSI'. Hostility, verbal and indirect aggression was significantly associated with greater risk of 'minor NSSI' and 'moderate/severe NSSI' in those who had poor emotional management ability. CONCLUSION: These findings highlight a high prevalence of NSSI and indicate the importance of hostility, verbal and indirect aggression as potentially risk factor for NSSI among Chinese adolescents. SN - 1932-6203 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24205132/Association_of_aggression_and_non_suicidal_self_injury:_a_school_based_sample_of_adolescents_ L2 - http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0078149 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -