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Examining the Acceptability, Attractiveness, and Effects of a School-Based Validating Interview for Adolescents Who Self-Injure

Publiceringsår: 2013
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 225-234
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of School Nursing
Volym: 29
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: SAGE Publications Inc.


Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) in adolescents is a significant problem that needs to be addressed, and in some cases managed, in

school settings. The current feasibility study uses screening questionnaires and follow up-interviews on NSSI in a community

sample of adolescents (N ¼ 1,052) in Sweden. Both adolescents reporting self-injury (n ¼ 66) and a comparison group (n ¼ 31)

were interviewed, and information disclosed about self-injury, as well as the results from the interviewers assessments of the

seriousness of these behaviors, were examined. Generally, adolescents reported positive feelings about being interviewed, and

52% of those who had reported self-injury in the questionnaire disclosed NSSI in the interviews. Further, a majority of these

cases, 76%, were not assessed as very serious. When NSSI was reported in a questionnaire 1 year after the interview, there

were no indications of iatrogenic effects from participating in the interview. The results support the feasibility of using NSSI

screening questionnaires in combination with follow-up interviews in schools.


  • Nursing
  • safety/injury prevention
  • mental health
  • program development/evaluation
  • quantitative research


  • ISSN: 1546-8364

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