Year: 2010 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.40, no.1, (February 2010), p.35-49 SIEC No: 20100404

Relationships between self-harm & vulnerability factors were studied in a general population of 432 participants, of whom 30% reported some experience of self-harm. This group scored higher on dissociation & childhood trauma, had lower self-worth, & reported more negative intrusive thoughts. Among the non-harming group, 10% scored similarly to the self-harmers on the dissociation & self-worth scales, & engaged in potentially maladapative behaviours that are not defined as indicating clinical self-harm, but experienced fewer negative intrusive thoughts. This group may be at risk of future self-harm if they begin to experience negative intrusive thoughts. (40 refs.)