Diagnostic Assessment

  • David N. Miller
  • Stephen E. Brock
Part of the Developmental Psychopathology at School book series (DPS)


Determining whether an individual is engaging in NSSI, and to what degree, is the first essential step in developing effective treatment strategies. Thus, the purpose of this chapter is to discuss the diagnostic assessment of NSSI. Topics in this chapter include the roles of diagnosis and classification, a review of various classification/diagnostic models of NSSI, guidelines for differentiating NSSI from suicidal behavior, a brief discussion of some popular assessment practices that have limited utility, and finally a description of recommended assessment practices for assisting in effective diagnostic decision making. Other assessment issues, such as psychoeducational classification issues and linking assessment to intervention, will be discussed in Chapter 6. However, before examining pertinent issues in the diagnostic assessment of self-injury, it is necessary to discuss the importance of the initial response to any student possibly engaging in NSSI.


Borderline Personality Disorder Eating Disorder Suicidal Behavior Diagnostic Assessment School Personnel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University at Albany State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, School Psychology and Deaf StudiesCalifornia State UniversitySacramentoUSA

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