September 2011

Document Type


Degree Name



Dept. of Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Oregon Health & Science University


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




School of Medicine



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