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Crisis. 2013 Jan 1;34(4):242-50. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000188.

Mediating effects of coping style on associations between mental health factors and self-harm among adolescents.

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National Suicide Research Foundation, Cork, Ireland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is evidence for an association between suicidal behavior and coping style among adolescents.

AIMS:

The aims of this study were to examine associations between coping style, mental health factors, and self-harm thoughts and acts among Irish adolescents, and to investigate whether coping style mediates associations between mental health factors (depression, anxiety, and self-esteem) and self-harm.

METHOD:

A cross-sectional school-based survey was carried out. Information was obtained on history of self-harm, life events, and demographic, psychological, and lifestyle factors.

RESULTS:

Emotion-oriented coping was strongly associated with poorer mental health and self-harm thoughts and acts. Problem-Oriented Coping was associated with better mental health. Mediating effects of Emotion-Oriented Coping on associations between mental health factors and deliberate self-harm (DSH) was found for both genders and between Problem-Oriented Coping and mental health factors for girls. Similar mediating effects of coping style were found when risk of self-harm thoughts was examined.

LIMITATIONS:

Since the methodology used was cross-sectional, it is impossible to draw conclusions regarding causal relationships between coping style and associated factors. The coping measure used was brief.

CONCLUSIONS:

Promotion of positive coping skills and reduction of emotion-focused approaches may build resilience to self-harm thoughts and acts among adolescents experiencing mental health problems.

PMID:
23357219
DOI:
10.1027/0227-5910/a000188
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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