Functions of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Comparing those With and Without a History of Physical Intimate Partner Violence

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Williams, Megan Ruth
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Middle Tennessee State University
This study examined the relationship between physical intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization and nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). This study also compared the reported functions of NSSI among those who reported a history of physical IPV and those who did not. A total of 310 undergraduate college students (61% female; 39% male) were administered the Inventory of Statements About Self-Injury (ISAS), as well as a modified version of the Severity of Violence Against Women and Men Scales (SVAW/MS). When considering the entire sample, 24% reported a history of NSSI, 53% reported a history of physical IPV, and 16% reported a history of both NSSI and physical IPV. Results indicated that individuals who reported a history of physical IPV were more likely to report a history of NSSI than their nonabused counterparts. Results indicated no significant difference in reported functions of NSSI among those with and without a reported history of physical IPV.
Functions of NSSI, Intimate Partner Violence, Nonsuicidal Self-Injury, NSSI