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Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology

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84. Correlates of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Among Treatment Seeking University Students

Although college counseling centers are often a first-line of defense in the assessment and treatment of emerging adults, relatively few comprehensive studies have examined correlates of high risk behaviors, as well as moderators of treatment response, in this population. In addition, few studies in this population have examined ethno-racially diverse students. The present study utilizes a large (n = 2758), majority visible ethno-racial minority sample to examine demographic and clinical correlates of non-suicidal self-injury and suicidality and treatment response. Comprehensive baseline assessments, as well as assessments taken at every therapy session, were collected from every client between 2013 and 2016 at a large metropolitan university. Preliminary results revealed that self-identified females were more likely to engage in NSSI (χ2 = 20.70, p < 0.05), as were those self-identifying as non-heterosexual χ2 = 4.67, p < 0.05. Two-thirds of students with a history of NSSI (n = 756) attempted suicide at least once, were more likely to report a history of abuse or trauma, and have symptoms of an eating or mood disorder. Additional analyses will explore treatment moderators; implications for prevention, intervention, and future research will be briefly discussed.

Maryam Sorkhou
University of Toronto

Amanda Uliaszek
University of Toronto


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