Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 41–59 | Cite as

Differences in Motivations of Cutting Behavior Among Sexual Minority Youth

  • Sarah J. NickelsEmail author
  • N. Eugene Walls
  • Julie Anne Laser
  • Hope Wisneski


This aim of this study is to examine predictors of specific motivations for engaging in cutting behavior among a community sample of sexual minority youth. The study involved secondary analysis of data collected by a community-based organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and their allies. Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were conducted using a final sample of 131 sexual minority youth ages 13–24. Analyses indicate that cutting occurs at high rates among sexual minority youth and that certain demographic characteristics, psychosocial variables, and mental health issues significantly predict endorsement of particular motivations for cutting among youth in this sample. Implications for social work assessment and intervention with sexual minority youth are discussed.


Cutting Non-suicidal self-injury Sexual minority Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah J. Nickels
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. Eugene Walls
    • 1
  • Julie Anne Laser
    • 1
  • Hope Wisneski
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Gill FoundationDenverUSA

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