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Self-Harm: Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Behaviors

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Both nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidal behavior (SB) are common phenomena and represent a major public health concern. The fact that these phenomena have lacked international definition for a long time and that they can occur as symptoms of various mental health conditions has made comparable ...

Both nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidal behavior (SB) are common phenomena and represent a major public health concern. The fact that these phenomena have lacked international definition for a long time and that they can occur as symptoms of various mental health conditions has made comparable international research difficult. In the DSM-5, both conditions have been included as separate entities into section 3 (disorders that require further research) which was intended to stimulate internationally comparable research. Thus, knowledge on NSSI and SB is increasing but many open questions remain regarding the etiological pathways, the mechanisms included, the diagnostic criteria and, of course, prevention and intervention.

The proposed Research Topic aims to fill this gap by collecting current innovative research on the topics named above.

The proposed Topic will include original research papers that increase our knowledge on the etiological pathways, patho-mechanisms, diagnostic criteria or intervention in both NSSI and SB. Submissions can either target NSSI or SB but work that specifically targets differences and similarities of both is most welcome.

We are particularly interested in original data that include longitudinal data sets and can make conclusions on the onset or course of NSSI and SB including predictors, moderators, and mediators. Experimental and biological studies on the topic are also of great interest. In addition, there is interest in research data that shed light on the validity and usefulness of the new definitions and diagnostic criteria of both NSSI and SB. Finally, any data that provide knowledge on prevention and treatment of both conditions will be very welcome. As indicated above, we see NSSI and SB as behavior that likely range on a continuum of self-harm. Thus, data that provide insights on the relationship and interaction of NSSI and SB are of great interest. Please note that data on prevalence and cross-sectional associations that are already quite established may be of limited interest for the collection.


Keywords: Suicide, suicidal behavior, nonsuicidal self injury, slef-harm, self-injury


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