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Peer Acceptance and Nonsuicidal Self-injury among Chinese Adolescents: A Longitudinal Moderated Mediation Model.
J Youth Adolesc. 2019 Sep; 48(9):1806-1817.JY

Abstract

Peer relationship plays an important role in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). However, little is known about how and in what conditions peer relationship may influence NSSI. By integrating multiple theories (i.e., attachment theory, the emotional regulation model of self-compassion and NSSI, and the differential-susceptibility theory), the current study investigated two potential mediators (i.e., self-compassion and depressive symptoms) and one potential moderator (i.e., behavioral impulsivity) of the relation between peer acceptance and NSSI. Participants were 813 Chinese adolescents (43% female; Mage at Wave 1 = 13.15 years) from a two-wave longitudinal study with data spanning one year. The results revealed that the indirect pathways linking peer acceptance and NSSI were conditioned on the level of behavioral impulsivity. Specifically, for adolescents with lower levels of impulsivity, a higher level of peer acceptance was related to fewer depressive symptoms directly or indirectly through self-compassion; fewer depressive symptoms, in turn, were linked to fewer NSSI behaviors longitudinally. For adolescents with higher levels of behavioral impulsivity, peer acceptance was related to fewer NSSI behaviors only through self-compassion. Results indicate that increasing peer acceptance is important in reducing adolescent NSSI. Interventions designed to reduce adolescent NSSI may also be effective if they focus on promoting adolescent self-compassion, particularly for adolescents with higher levels of behavioral impulsivity.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Guangdong University of Education, Department of Psychology, School of Education, No. 351 XinGangZhong Road, Guangzhou, 510303, P. R. China. nini713@126.com.University of Kentucky, Department of Family Sciences, 318 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY, 40506-0054, USA.Guangdong University of Education, Department of Psychology, School of Education, No. 351 XinGangZhong Road, Guangzhou, 510303, P. R. China.Center for Studies of Psychological Application, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Mental Health and Cognitive Science, & School of Psychology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, 510631, P. R. China. youjianing@gmail.com.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31385231

Citation

Wu, Nini, et al. "Peer Acceptance and Nonsuicidal Self-injury Among Chinese Adolescents: a Longitudinal Moderated Mediation Model." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 48, no. 9, 2019, pp. 1806-1817.
Wu N, Hou Y, Chen P, et al. Peer Acceptance and Nonsuicidal Self-injury among Chinese Adolescents: A Longitudinal Moderated Mediation Model. J Youth Adolesc. 2019;48(9):1806-1817.
Wu, N., Hou, Y., Chen, P., & You, J. (2019). Peer Acceptance and Nonsuicidal Self-injury among Chinese Adolescents: A Longitudinal Moderated Mediation Model. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(9), 1806-1817. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01093-0
Wu N, et al. Peer Acceptance and Nonsuicidal Self-injury Among Chinese Adolescents: a Longitudinal Moderated Mediation Model. J Youth Adolesc. 2019;48(9):1806-1817. PubMed PMID: 31385231.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Peer Acceptance and Nonsuicidal Self-injury among Chinese Adolescents: A Longitudinal Moderated Mediation Model. AU - Wu,Nini, AU - Hou,Yang, AU - Chen,Peiyi, AU - You,Jianing, Y1 - 2019/08/05/ PY - 2019/04/30/received PY - 2019/07/24/accepted PY - 2019/8/7/pubmed PY - 2019/12/18/medline PY - 2019/8/7/entrez KW - Adolescents KW - Behavioral impulsivity KW - Depressive symptoms KW - Nonsuicidal self-injury KW - Peer acceptance KW - Self-compassion SP - 1806 EP - 1817 JF - Journal of youth and adolescence JO - J Youth Adolesc VL - 48 IS - 9 N2 - Peer relationship plays an important role in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). However, little is known about how and in what conditions peer relationship may influence NSSI. By integrating multiple theories (i.e., attachment theory, the emotional regulation model of self-compassion and NSSI, and the differential-susceptibility theory), the current study investigated two potential mediators (i.e., self-compassion and depressive symptoms) and one potential moderator (i.e., behavioral impulsivity) of the relation between peer acceptance and NSSI. Participants were 813 Chinese adolescents (43% female; Mage at Wave 1 = 13.15 years) from a two-wave longitudinal study with data spanning one year. The results revealed that the indirect pathways linking peer acceptance and NSSI were conditioned on the level of behavioral impulsivity. Specifically, for adolescents with lower levels of impulsivity, a higher level of peer acceptance was related to fewer depressive symptoms directly or indirectly through self-compassion; fewer depressive symptoms, in turn, were linked to fewer NSSI behaviors longitudinally. For adolescents with higher levels of behavioral impulsivity, peer acceptance was related to fewer NSSI behaviors only through self-compassion. Results indicate that increasing peer acceptance is important in reducing adolescent NSSI. Interventions designed to reduce adolescent NSSI may also be effective if they focus on promoting adolescent self-compassion, particularly for adolescents with higher levels of behavioral impulsivity. SN - 1573-6601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31385231/Peer_Acceptance_and_Nonsuicidal_Self_injury_among_Chinese_Adolescents:_A_Longitudinal_Moderated_Mediation_Model_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01093-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -