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NCJ Number: NCJ 241185     Find in a Library
Title: Child Maltreatment, Subsequent Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and the Mediating Roles of Dissociation, Alexithymia and Self-Blame
Author(s): Sarah Swannell ; Graham Martin ; Andrew Page ; Penelope Hasking ; Philip Hazell ; Anne Taylor ; Melinda Protani
  Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:36  Issue:7-8  Dated:July/August 2012  Pages:572 to 584
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 13
  Annotation: This study investigated the association between child maltreatment and the subsequent development of non-suicidal self-injury.
Abstract: Findings from the study include the following: for females, the presence of physical abuse and neglect increased the odds of subsequent development to non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI); among males, only the presence of physical abuse increased the odds for subsequent development of NSSI; for both males and females, the presence of sexual abuse did not increase the odds of subsequent development of NSSI; and for females, self-blame had the greatest effect on the child maltreatment-NSSI relationship, while dissociation had the greatest effect on the relationship for males. This study investigated the association between child maltreatment and the subsequent development of NSSI. Data for the study were obtained from interviews with 11,423 Australian adults on reported history of child maltreatment and reported 12-month NSSI. Logistic regression analyses were used to determine the relationship between child maltreatment and later NSSI, and whether the presence of dissociation, alexithymia, and self-blame were potential mediators for the child maltreatment-NSSI relationship. The findings suggest that child maltreatment in general, and physical abuse in particular, is a strong indicator of subsequent development to NSSI. In addition, dissociation, self-blame, and alexithymia were found to mediating factors for females in this relationship, while dissociation and self-blame were found to be mediating factors for males in this relationship. Study limitations are discussed. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Self mutilation ; Self concept ; Child abuse detection ; Child abuse as delinquency factor ; Juvenile self concept ; Injury investigations ; Long term health effects of child abuse
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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