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Effects of Negative Emotional Experience and Behavior Impulsivity on Non-suicidal Self-injury in Adolescents: A Follow-up Study

YOU Jia-ning*, DENG Bao-ping, ZHANG Ming-qin and LI Sheng-teng

Center for Studies of Psychological Applican & School of Psychology, South China Normal University, China

Corresponding Author:
YOU Jia-ning
Center for Studies of Psychological Applican & School of Psychology
South China Normal University
Guangzhou 510631, China
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 14, 2013; Accepted date: July 26, 2013; Published date: July 30, 2013

Citation: Jia-ning Y, Bao-ping D, Ming-qin Z, Sheng-teng LI (2013) Effects of Negative Emotional Experience and Behavior Impulsivity on Non-suicidal Self-injury in Adolescents: A Follow-up Study. J Psychol Abnorm Child 1:103. doi:10.4172/2329-9525.1000103

Copyright: © 2013 Jia-ning Y, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Objective: To explore the predictive utilities of negative emotional experiences and behavior impulsivity on nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) in adolescents, and to test the moderating effects of behavior impulsivity on the relation between negative emotional experiences and NSSI.

Methods: A total of 3600 middle school students completed questionnaires three times over a 1.5 year period, six months apart. At the first time, we measured the occurrence of NSSI, dissociative experience, depression and behavior impulsivity. At the second and third times, we measured the occurrence of NSSI. We used generalized estimating equations to analyze the longitudinal data.

Results: Baseline levels of depression, dissociative experience and behavior impulsivity significantly predicted subsequent NSSI; but the interaction effects of behavior impulsivity and depression, dissociative experience on NSSI was not significant.

Conclusion: This study supports the emotion regulation function of NSSI. Behavior impulsivity also significantly influences future engagement in this behavior.


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