Journal article

Multiple mediation modelling exploring relationships between specific aspects of attachment, emotion regulation, and non-suicidal self-injury

Ruth Tatnell, Penelope Hasking, Louise Newman

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Objective: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is physically harmful behaviour, primarily used to regulate emotions. Emotion regulatory ability is theorised to develop in the context of primary attachment relationships and to be impacted by the quality of these relationships. We propose a developmental perspective for why some people engage in NSSI. Method: A questionnaire assessing aspects of attachment, emotion regulation, and NSSI was completed by 237 young adults. Results: Participants reporting NSSI were more likely to report difficulties in attachment relationships and emotion relation. Using multiple mediation modelling, anxiety related to mothers, and a fearful attachment model predicted..

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