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Poor Sleep in Adolescents Linked with Self-Injury

Behav Sleep Med; ePub 2018 Nov 25; Bandel, et al

Insomnia symptoms in adolescents seem to be associated with recent engagement in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), a recent study found. Therefore, adolescents who report symptoms of insomnia should also be assessed for self-harm behavior. Adolescent participants were recruited from middle and high schools for a study on mental health and risk behaviors. Data were collected from 387 community adolescents (mean age = 14.19, SD = 1.08; 52% female, whites 88.5%), 9% of whom reported NSSI in the past 6 months. Researchers visited schools and administered self-report questionnaires to students in large groups. Measures assessed NSSI engagement and severity features, overall sleep quality, and insomnia symptoms. They found:

  • Greater insomnia symptoms, but not overall sleep quality, were significantly associated with greater likelihood of recent NSSI engagement.
  • Sleep variables were not significantly associated with NSSI severity among adolescents with recent NSSI.

Bandel SL, Brausch AM. Poor sleep associates with recent nonsuicidal self-injury engagement in adolescents. [Published online ahead of print November 25, 2018]. Behav Sleep Med. doi:10.1080/15402002.2018.1545652.