Year: 2010 Source: Personality and Individual Differences, v.48, no.1, (January 2010), p.83-87 SIEC No: 20100389

This study examined differences in personality, coping skills, & select psychopathology symptoms in Belgian psychiatric patients with & without non-suicidal self-injury &/or suicide attempts. Data was collected in a sample of 128 psychiatric patients by means of self-report questionnaires. Results support a continuum of self-harm such that patients with both non-suicidal self-injury & suicide attempts exhibit significantly greater levels of psychopathology & lower levels of adaptive personality traits & coping skills. The findings point to the clinical importance of making a distinction between non-suicidal self-injury & suicide attempts, & offers additional variables to consider outside of intent when appraising suicide risk. (36 refs.)