Year: 2014 Source: Journal of Adolescent Health.(2013).52(4):486Ð492. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.09.010 SIEC No: 20140161

To investigate the extent to which nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) contributes to later suicide thoughts and behaviors (STB) independent of shared risk factors. NSSI prior to suicide behavior serves as a ÒgatewayÓ behavior for suicide and may reduce inhibition through habituation to self-injury. Treatments focusing on enhancing perceived meaning in life and building positive relationships with others, particularly parents, may be particularly effective in reducing suicide risk among youth with a history of NSSI.