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Open Access Dissertation

Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name




First Advisor

Douglas Barnett


Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) behavior in college students

at an urban university was studied. Relations between NSSI

and poor quality relationships with their parents and peers, as

well as deficient coping and help-seeking behavior were examined

from an attachment perspective. Undergraduates were recruited

via an online psychology subject pool and completed an online survey.

T-tests were conducted to identify what variables differed between

students who engaged in NSSI in contrast to students that did not.

In addition, a discriminant function analysis was conducted. It was

found that intrapersonal and interpersonal variables predicted group

membership (i.e. social desirability, body protection, positive affect,

comfort with touch, and emotional abuse). Findings are discussed

and may help to better identify college students engaging in NSSI and

help to inform treatment.

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