Adolescent NSSI and recovery: the role of family functioning and emotion regulation

Kelada, Lauren, Hasking, Penelope and Melvin, Glenn 2018, Adolescent NSSI and recovery: the role of family functioning and emotion regulation, Youth and society, vol. 50, no. 8, pp. 1056-1077, doi: 10.1177/0044118X16653153.

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Title Adolescent NSSI and recovery: the role of family functioning and emotion regulation
Author(s) Kelada, Lauren
Hasking, Penelope
Melvin, GlennORCID iD for Melvin, Glenn
Journal name Youth and society
Volume number 50
Issue number 8
Start page 1056
End page 1077
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2018-11
ISSN 0044-118X
Summary © The Author(s) 2016. We examined how family functioning and emotion regulation strategies relate to both a history of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and recovery from NSSI. Participants were 272 adolescents aged between 12 and 18 years (M = 14.50 years, SD = 1.46 years), of whom 17.6% reported a history of NSSI. As expected, poor family functioning was associated with engagement in NSSI. Among the emotion regulation variables, higher use of self-blame and lower use of refocus on planning was associated with NSSI. Self-blame and refocus on planning also mediated the relationship between family functioning and NSSI. Similarly, better family functioning and adaptive emotion regulation were related to recovery, while maladaptive emotion regulation was negatively related to recovery. Adaptive emotion regulation moderated the relationship between family functioning and NSSI recovery. We discuss how family-based interventions combined with emotion regulation education may help deter NSSI engagement.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0044118X16653153
Field of Research 1608 Sociology
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
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