Year: 2020 Source: Archives of Suicide Research. (2020). 24, S1-S24. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1563575 SIEC No: 20200598

This study aimed to systemically review the literature regarding self-harm, emotion regulation, and experiential avoidance. Articles were identified through systematic searches of several databases using combinations of the phrases “emotion regulation” AND “experiential avoidance” AND “self-harm,” or “self-injury,” and “BPD” or “Borderline Personality Disorder.” Additional searches were conducted inclusive of terms related to experiential avoidance and emotion regulation, as well as other disorders related to self-harm. 17 articles were identified and reviewed. Results tentatively support the role of experiential avoidance in self-harm; some studies described phenomena similar to experiential avoidance without using the term. Poor emotion regulation was often cited as a reason for engagement in self-harm. Several gaps in the literature were identified and discussed.