Self-Mutilation and Coping Strategies in a College Sample
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
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.
Andover, Margaret S.; Pepper, Carolyn M.; and Gibb, Brandon E., "Self-Mutilation and Coping Strategies in a College Sample" (2007). Psychology Faculty Publications. Paper 29.