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Prevalence and functions of non-suicidal self-injury in Spanish adolescents

Esther Calvete, Izaskun Orue, Leire Aizpuru and Hardin Brotherton

Universidad de Deusto

Background: This study examined the prevalence, characteristics and functions of Non-suicidal Self-injury (NSSI) among Spanish adolescents. Method: The sample consisted of 1,864 adolescents aged between 12 and 19 years (Mean Age = 15.32, SD = 1.97, 51.45% girls). The participants completed a modified version of the self-report scale Functional Assessment of Self-Mutilation (FASM; Lloyd, Kelley, & Hope, 1997) to assess rates and methods of NSSI used during the last 12 months. They also indicated the functions of NSSI. Results: NSSI behaviors are common among Spanish adolescents. More than half of the sample showed such behavior in the past year, and 32.2% had carried out severe NSSI behaviors. The functions of NSSI were examined by using confirmatory factor analyses. Results supported a hierarchical model consisting of two second-order factors: automatic reinforcement, which explained both positive and negative automatic reinforcement, and social reinforcement, which explained both positive and negative social reinforcement. Conclusions: These dimensions are critical to understand the factors that maintain NSSI behavior and have implications for treatments.

Prevalencia y funciones de autolesiones no suicidas en adolescentes españoles. Antecedentes: este estudio examinó la prevalencia, características y funciones de las Autolesiones No Suicidas (ANS) entre adolescentes españoles. Método: la muestra estuvo conformada por 1.864 adolescentes de edades comprendidas entre los 12 y los 19 años (Edad media = 15,32; SD = 1,97; 51,45% chicas). Los participantes completaron una versión modificada del autoinforme de evaluación funcional de la automutilación (FASM; Lloyd, Kelley y Hope, 1997) para evaluar las tasas y métodos de ANS utilizados durante los últimos 12 meses. También indicaron las funciones del ANS. Resultados: las ANS son comunes entre los adolescentes españoles. Más de la mitad de la muestra mostró tal comportamiento en el último año y el 32,2% había realizado conductas graves de ANS. Las funciones de ANS fueron examinadas utilizando análisis factorial confirmatorio. Los resultados apoyaron un modelo jerárquico consistente en dos factores de segundo orden: reforzamiento automático, que explica el refuerzo automático positivo y negativo, y el reforzamiento social, que explica el refuerzo social positivo y negativo. Conclusiones: estas dimensiones son fundamentales para comprender los factores que mantienen la conducta ANS y tienen implicaciones para los tratamientos.


Impact factor 2022:  JCR WOS 2022:  FI = 3.6 (Q2);  JCI = 1.21 (Q1) / SCOPUS 2022:  SJR = 1.097;  CiteScore = 6.4 (Q1)