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Risk factors associated with self-injurious behavior among a national sample of undergraduate college students.
J Am Coll Health 2015; 63(1):40-8JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidality among undergraduates represent important public health issues. This analysis identified risk factors that distinguished 3 groups, those who reported no history of self-harm; self-injury, but no suicide attempts (NSSI only); and self-injury and a suicide attempt (NSSI + SA) in the past year.

METHODS

Data came from 16,044 undergraduates who completed the Fall 2010 National College Health Assessment.

RESULTS

Over 3% of students reported NSSI, and one third of these individuals also attempted suicide. Factors that distinguished the NSSI only and NSSI + SA groups from the no self-harm group included current depressive symptoms, nonheterosexual orientation, an eating disorder/extreme weight control behavior, and diagnosis of an internalizing disorder. Factors that distinguished the NSSI + SA group from the NSSI only group were current depressive symptoms and diagnosis of an internalizing disorder.

CONCLUSIONS

Students experiencing mental health problems demonstrate increased risk for NSSI and/or suicidal behavior.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance University of Tampa Tampa , Florida.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25144520

Citation

Taliaferro, Lindsay A., and Jennifer J. Muehlenkamp. "Risk Factors Associated With Self-injurious Behavior Among a National Sample of Undergraduate College Students." Journal of American College Health : J of ACH, vol. 63, no. 1, 2015, pp. 40-8.
Taliaferro LA, Muehlenkamp JJ. Risk factors associated with self-injurious behavior among a national sample of undergraduate college students. J Am Coll Health. 2015;63(1):40-8.
Taliaferro, L. A., & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2015). Risk factors associated with self-injurious behavior among a national sample of undergraduate college students. Journal of American College Health : J of ACH, 63(1), pp. 40-8. doi:10.1080/07448481.2014.953166.
Taliaferro LA, Muehlenkamp JJ. Risk Factors Associated With Self-injurious Behavior Among a National Sample of Undergraduate College Students. J Am Coll Health. 2015;63(1):40-8. PubMed PMID: 25144520.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Risk factors associated with self-injurious behavior among a national sample of undergraduate college students. AU - Taliaferro,Lindsay A, AU - Muehlenkamp,Jennifer J, Y1 - 2014/11/21/ PY - 2014/8/22/entrez PY - 2014/8/22/pubmed PY - 2016/9/23/medline KW - mental health KW - prevention KW - risk KW - self-injury KW - suicide SP - 40 EP - 8 JF - Journal of American college health : J of ACH JO - J Am Coll Health VL - 63 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidality among undergraduates represent important public health issues. This analysis identified risk factors that distinguished 3 groups, those who reported no history of self-harm; self-injury, but no suicide attempts (NSSI only); and self-injury and a suicide attempt (NSSI + SA) in the past year. METHODS: Data came from 16,044 undergraduates who completed the Fall 2010 National College Health Assessment. RESULTS: Over 3% of students reported NSSI, and one third of these individuals also attempted suicide. Factors that distinguished the NSSI only and NSSI + SA groups from the no self-harm group included current depressive symptoms, nonheterosexual orientation, an eating disorder/extreme weight control behavior, and diagnosis of an internalizing disorder. Factors that distinguished the NSSI + SA group from the NSSI only group were current depressive symptoms and diagnosis of an internalizing disorder. CONCLUSIONS: Students experiencing mental health problems demonstrate increased risk for NSSI and/or suicidal behavior. SN - 1940-3208 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25144520/Risk_factors_associated_with_self_injurious_behavior_among_a_national_sample_of_undergraduate_college_students_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07448481.2014.953166 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -