Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Published Abstract

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a serious and prevalent problem within the adolescent population. NSSI is associated with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses and behavioral concerns. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, has recognized NSSI as its own separate diagnosis. Although there are unique differences between NSSI and suicidal behaviors, a link exists between these behaviors. It is crucial that pediatric nurse practitioners who provide care for adolescents possess a thorough understanding of NSSI. In this continuing education article, NSSI will be discussed in terms of epidemiology, diagnosis and co-morbidity, risk factors, relationship with suicidal behaviors, and implications for practice. J Pediatr Health Care. (2016) 30, 261-267.

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hours, of which 0 is pharmacology content.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

1. Identify diagnostic criteria for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition.
2. Discuss risk factors related to NSSI.
3. Understand the relationship between NSSI and suicidal behaviors.
4. Understand possible motivations for NSSI behavior.
5. Describe assessment and screening questions for NSSI.
6. Identify NSSI prevention strategies the pediatric nurse practitioner can incorporate into practice.

Course summary
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Gail Hornor, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Center for Family Safety and Healing, Columbus, OH.

Faculty Disclosure

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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