Date

September 2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.P.H.

Department

Dept. of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Institution

Oregon Health & Science University

Abstract

Attempted suicide and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) are predominant health risks for adolescents. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, and NSSI is becoming increasingly more prevalent in the adolescent population. The rise in NSSI is concerning as it has been associated with suicidal ideation and future suicide attempts. Self-harm research focuses on distinguishing adolescents who self-injure from those who attempt suicide. Differences between the two self-harm groups may implicate characteristics for targeted interventions to limit NSSI from evolving into future attempted suicide. The current study used data from an adolescent self-harm surveillance system in Oregon to examine differences between the two selfharm groups. Data was abstracted from 2008-2010 and included a sample of 872 adolescents with a mean age of 15.4 years (SD=1.2). The sample was predominantly female (71%) and non-Hispanic White (84%). Differences in demographic char

Identifier

doi:10.6083/M4F18WQD

School

School of Medicine

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