Scientific article

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

Published inJournal of personality disorders, vol. 26, no. 2, p. 267-279
Publication date2012

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.

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Borderline Personality Disorder/epidemiology/psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Outpatients/psychology
  • Personality
  • Self Concept
  • Self Mutilation/epidemiology/psychology
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult
Citation (ISO format)
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. 267–279. doi: 10.1521/pedi.2012.26.2.267
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ISSN of the journal0885-579X

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