Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Christopher A. Kearney, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Jeffery M. Kern
Second Committee Member
Christopher L. Heavey
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
Deliberate self-harm (DSH) is self-inflicted physical injury without suicidal intent. Recent studies indicated that more adolescent males engage in DSH than previously identified. Research demonstrated that DSH is common in forensic settings and highly correlated with several mental health disorders. This study included 103 adjudicated male adolescents assessed for DSH and mental health concerns. Twenty-two participants with DSH history and 21 controls were interviewed about coping skills, mental health problems, and DSH functions. Results indicated that 66%, especially African American and Hispanic participants, reported DSH history. Participants with DSH history reported more aggression, emotional lability, alienation/boredom, and internalizing disorders but had poorer social adaptation. The DSH group reported greater use of healthy and unhealthy coping skills. DSH was used to regulate affect, self-punish, and manage dissociation.
Adjudicated; Boys; Coping skills; Juveniles; Male; Mental health disorders; Self-harm; Self-injury; Self-mutilation
Silverman, Jenna, "Functions and correlates of deliberate self-harm among adjudicated male adolescents" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 32.