Portions of this paper were presented at the 38th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 2004.
Self-Mutilation and Coping Strategies in a College Sample
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
2007 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 238–243, April 2007
How to Cite
Andover, M. S., Pepper, C. M. and Gibb, B. E. (2007), Self-Mutilation and Coping Strategies in a College Sample. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 37: 238–243. doi: 10.1521/suli.2007.37.2.238
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Received: September 11, 2005; Revision Accepted: November 1, 2006
The goal of this study was to examine the use of specific coping strategies among self-mutilating college students. The self-mutilating group (n = 44) reported utilizing avoidance strategies more often than did a control group (n = 44) matched for general psychological distress but with no history of self-mutilation. In addition, female, but not male, self-mutilators endorsed using problem-solving and social support seeking strategies less often than nonmutilators. These findings suggest that coping strategies in general and avoidance-based strategies in particular may be important targets for the treatment of self-mutilative behaviors.