Year: 1997 Source: Journal of Psychiatric Research, v.31, no.4, (1997), p.451-465 SIEC No: 20030735

This paper examines impulsivity as a central factor in moderate/superficial self-mutilation such as skin-cutting & burning. On the whole, results from a variety of tests implicate impulsive personality functioning as a major factor is subjects with moderate/superficial self-mutilative behavior whose trait pathology is similar to personality disordered patients with other modes of self-harming impulsive behavior. (53 refs)