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International Journal of Population Research
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 879269, 7 pages
Research Article

An Exploratory Study of the Nature and Extent of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury among College Women

Springfield College School of Social Work, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109, USA

Received 4 April 2014; Accepted 19 May 2014; Published 5 June 2014

Academic Editor: Mzikazi Nduna

Copyright © 2014 Efrosini D. Kokaliari. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study assessed the extent and nature of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) among 165 students attending an all-women’s college. Associations between NSSI behaviors and demographics, borderline personality disorder (BPD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attachment styles were investigated. Statistically significant relationships between the severity of NSSI and demographic characteristics and BPD and PTSD were explored using bivariate analysis. Within this population, presence of NSSI behavior was significantly associated with age, years in college, nonheterosexual orientation, BPD, PTSD, and preoccupied attachment styles. There were also marginally significant associations with race and financial status. Severity of NSSI behaviors was significantly associated with age, years in college, BPD pathology, and primary parent’s level of education. A logistic regression analysis was developed that predicted NSSI behavior with 67% accuracy based on these findings. This study has implications for clinical practice.