A revised version ofapaper submitted to the Journal in July I997.
SELF-MUTILATION IN CLINICAL AND GENERAL POPULATION SAMPLES: Prevalence, Correlates, and Functions
Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010
1998 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 68, Issue 4, pages 609–620, October 1998
How to Cite
Briere, J. and Gil, E. (1998), SELF-MUTILATION IN CLINICAL AND GENERAL POPULATION SAMPLES: Prevalence, Correlates, and Functions. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 68: 609–620. doi: 10.1037/h0080369
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010
Self-mutilation, examined in samples of the general population, clinical groups, and self-identified self-mutilators, was reported by 4% of the general and 21% of the clinical sample, and was equally prevalent among males and females. Results suggest that such behavior is used to decrease dissociation, emotional distress, and posttraumatic symptoms. Childhood sexual abuse was associated with self-mutilation in both clinical and nonclinical samples.