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Nonsuicidal self-injury in a community sample of adolescents: Subgroups, stability, and associations with psychological difficulties

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 678-693
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Research on Adolescence
Volym: 22
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Wiley-Blackwell


Patterns of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and their association with other psychological difficulties were studied in a community sample of young Swedish adolescents, by a 2-wave longitudinal design with a 1-year interval. Hierarchical cluster analysis at T1 identified eight NSSI subgroups in each gender, of which five were clearly replicated at T2. Among these were a subgroup with generalized high-frequent NSSI, which was associated with both internalizing and externalizing problems, and a subgroup of girls who engaged primarily in cutting and showed mainly internalizing problems. Generally, NSSI clusters among girls were more stable over time and associated with more psychological problems. The results indicate that different patterns of NSSI have different developmental and clinical implications.


  • Psychology
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • adolescents
  • internalizing problems
  • externalizing problems
  • cluster analysis
  • prospective design


  • ISSN: 1532-7795

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