The role of social factors in the development of self-injurious behavior



The article dwells upon the influence of social factors on the development of self-injurious behavior. Research on the problem is reviewed. A group of adolescents and youths (N=255) was tested in order to investigate into self-injurious behavior, family problems, deviant socialization and psychological trauma experiences. It is suggested that the markers of family problems, deviant socialization and psychological trauma influence the development of self-injurious behavior. Statistic analysis (frequency table and contingency coefficient) shows the frequency of manifestation of investigated variables in general sample; the results of analyzing several particular samples and the contingency coefficient are discussed.

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Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Polskaya N.A. The role of social factors in the development of self-injurious behavior [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2012. Vol. 1, no. 2 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Natalia A. Polskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Department, Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Leading Researcher, Scientific and Practical Center for Mental Health of Children and Adolescents named after G.E. Sukhareva of the Moscow Department of Public Health, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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