Thoughts, images, and rumination of self-harm
Wilson, Lauren Fay
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Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) is deliberate harm of tissue without intent to die (Gratz, Conrad, & Roemer, 2002). Several variables reliably relate to NSSI, and past findings indicated that NSSI ideation is likewise meaningfully correlated (Nock, Prinstein, & Sterba, 2010). Yet, ideation remains understudied as a predictor, as do relationships among NSSI correlates and ideation. The purpose of this research was to investigate how ideation relates to NSSI correlates and behavior. A pilot investigation was carried out, and findings suggested that ideation can be measured via self-report and independently from NSSI. Participants endorsed diverse experiences, suggesting that measurement include attendant thoughts. Subsequently, a new ideation measure was created. 328 participants self-reported on NSSI correlates, behaviors, and ideation. 180 informant reports of participant personality were obtained. Findings indicated that ideation was a distinct variable related to NSSI and predictors. Ideation demonstrated value as a construct and significantly predicted NSSI.