Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 39, Issue 5, pp 484–494 | Cite as

Perceived Dimensions of Parenting and Non-suicidal Self-injury in Young Adults

  • Jean-François BureauEmail author
  • Jodi Martin
  • Nathalie Freynet
  • Alexane Alie Poirier
  • Marie-France Lafontaine
  • Paula Cloutier
Empirical Research


Family experiences are influential in the development of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). The current study aimed to identify specific dimensions underlying early parent–child relationships in association with NSSI. It was hypothesized that all relationship dimensions would be related with NSSI, with some dimensions being stronger predictors when accounting for shared variance. Gender differences were also assessed. Participants were grouped according to the endorsement of NSSI in the past 6 months, resulting in a Non-NSSI group (n = 1133) and a NSSI group (n = 105). Significant differences were found for the relationship dimensions between the two groups. When shared variance was accounted for, fear and alienation were the only dimensions predicting NSSI. Similar results were found for females (n = 887), while no analyses using males (n = 351) were significant. These results emphasize the need to acknowledge the role of parent–child relationships in prevention programs and intervention models for NSSI.


Non-suicidal self-injury Parent–child relationships Family experiences Young adulthood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-François Bureau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jodi Martin
    • 1
  • Nathalie Freynet
    • 1
  • Alexane Alie Poirier
    • 2
  • Marie-France Lafontaine
    • 1
  • Paula Cloutier
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Université du Québec à MontréalMontreal, QuebecCanada
  3. 3.Mental Health Research UnitChildren’s Hospital of Eastern OntarioOttawaCanada

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