Title

Emotional Dysregulation, Internalizing Symptoms, and Self-Injurious and Suicidal Behavior: Structural Equation Modeling Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2-2016

School

Psychology

Abstract

This study used structural equation modeling to examine the relationships between emotion dysregulation, internalizing symptoms, nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), and suicide. One hundred forty-eight undergraduates completed a brief structured interview and self-report measures of emotion dysregulation, internalizing symptoms, and NSSI and suicidal behaviors. Results indicated a significant indirect effect of emotion dysregulation on NSSI via internalizing symptoms and on suicide attempts via NSSI. Findings provide a more nuanced understanding of the indirect association between emotion dysregulation and NSSI and suicidal behaviors. Implications for the potential utility of targeting internalizing symptoms as well as emotion dysregulation in interventions addressing NSSI and suicidal behaviors are discussed.

Publication Title

Death Studies

Volume

40

Issue

6

First Page

358

Last Page

366

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