Send to

Choose Destination
J Psychopathol Behav Assess. 2009 Sep;31(3):215-219. doi: 10.1007/s10862-008-9107-z. Epub 2008 Oct 30.

Assessing the functions of non-suicidal self-injury: Psychometric properties of the Inventory of Statements About Self-injury (ISAS).

Author information

Stony Brook University.


The present study reports the psychometric properties of the Inventory of Statements About Self-injury (ISAS), a measure designed to comprehensively assess the functions of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). The ISAS assesses 13 functions of NSSI, as well as the frequency of 12 NSSI behaviors. The ISAS was administered to 235 young adults from a college population who had performed at least one NSSI behavior. Consistent with previous research, ISAS functions comprised two factors representing interpersonal and intrapersonal functions. In addition, the ISAS factors exhibited excellent internal consistency and expected correlations with both clinical constructs (e.g., borderline personality disorder, suicidality, depression, anxiety) and contextual variables (e.g., tendency to self-injure alone). Findings support the reliability and validity of the ISAS. The ISAS may be useful in research and treatment contexts as a comprehensive measure of NSSI functions.


Self-injury; assessment; deliberate self-harm; functions; motivations; self-mutilation

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center