Interpersonal and intrapersonal functions of NSSI
Kociuba, Skyler K.
Owens, Carley A.
Hagan, Christopher R.
Muehlenkamp, Jennifer J.
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Non-suicidal Self-injury (NSSI) is the deliberate harm to bodily tissues without the intent to die. NSSI is problematic in college age students as they attempt to juggle classes, jobs, social relationships, and extracurricular activities. There are many reasons people engage in NSSI, and many are divided into inter-and intra-personal functions. These consist of intrapersonal functions such as self-punishment and self-care, and interpersonal functions such as peer-bonding and interpersonal boundaries. Previous literature indicates that interpersonal functions are fulfilled by engaging in NSSI. Additional research suggests interpersonal functions are associated with a higher frequency of NSSI.
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