An Ecological Investigation of the Emotional Context Surrounding Nonsuicidal Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors in Adolescents and Young Adults

Amy Kranzler, Kara B. Fehling, Janne Lindqvist, Julia Brillante, Fengpeng Yuan, Xianyi Gao, Alec L. Miller, Edward A. Selby

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Abstract

Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methodology was used to examine the emotional context of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). Forty-seven adolescents and young adults used a novel smartphone app to monitor their emotional experiences, NSSI thoughts, and NSSI behaviors for 2 weeks. Momentary changes in both negative and positive emotions predicted greater intensity of NSSI thoughts at the subsequent assessment, while only increases in negative emotion predicted NSSI behaviors. Immediately following NSSI behaviors participants reported reduced high-arousal negative emotions and increased low-arousal positive emotions, suggesting that NSSI may be an efficient and effective method of regulating emotion. Findings highlight the importance of addressing emotion regulation in NSSI interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Self-Injurious Behavior
Young Adult
Emotions
Wounds and Injuries
Arousal

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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An Ecological Investigation of the Emotional Context Surrounding Nonsuicidal Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors in Adolescents and Young Adults. / Kranzler, Amy; Fehling, Kara B.; Lindqvist, Janne; Brillante, Julia; Yuan, Fengpeng; Gao, Xianyi; Miller, Alec L.; Selby, Edward A.

In: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 01.01.2017.

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Kranzler, Amy ; Fehling, Kara B. ; Lindqvist, Janne ; Brillante, Julia ; Yuan, Fengpeng ; Gao, Xianyi ; Miller, Alec L. ; Selby, Edward A. / An Ecological Investigation of the Emotional Context Surrounding Nonsuicidal Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors in Adolescents and Young Adults. In: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 2017.
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