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Functions and timescale of self-cutting in participants suffering from borderline personality disorder

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Published in Journal of Personality Disorders. 2012, vol. 26, no. 2, p. 267-79
Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the meanings and timescale of self-cuttings in a cohort of 22 outpatients suffering from borderline personality disorder. Sixty-one events were recorded using the newly developed self-cutting-checklist (SCUC) designed to investigate the severity of self-cuttings, and intent to die, suicidal ideation, inner tension, sense of relief and anesthesia, and consequences associated with this behavior. We found that typical self-cuttings were associated with a decrease in inner tension and suicidal ideation. Moreover self-cuttings associated with a desire to die differentiated from those associated with no desire to die by significantly less reduction in inner tension. Finally, self-cuttings occurred significantly more often during evenings and nights than during daytime. In conclusion, self-cuttings can be reasonably addressed by self-report. Attention to specific issues such as intent to die and the time of the self-cuttings may improve the outcome of these particularly high-risk subjects.
Keywords Adaptation, PsychologicalAdultAttitude to HealthBorderline Personality Disorder/epidemiology/psychologyFemaleHumansMaleMental HealthOutpatients/psychologyPersonalitySelf ConceptSelf Mutilation/epidemiology/psychologyTime FactorsYoung Adult
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PMID: 22486455
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Research group Groupe Giannakopoulos Panteleimon (psychiatrie générale) (201)
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HUGUELET, Philippe et al. Functions and timescale of self-cutting in participants suffering from borderline personality disorder. In: Journal of Personality Disorders, 2012, vol. 26, n° 2, p. 267-79. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:32469

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