Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in the transgender Community: An International Sample

[Speaker] Dickey, Lore M:1
[Co-author] Garza, Michael V:1
1:Louisiana Tech University (United States of America)

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a complicated clinical concern that affects from 4 to 30 percent of the general population (Jacobson & Gould, 2007). NSSI is typically defined as engaging is harming behaviors without lethal intent (e.g., cutting, burning, banging one's head; Klonsky & Muehlenkamp, 2007). Until recently, there has been no data on the prevalence of NSSI in transdgender people (dickey, Reisner, & Juntunen, 2015). In an Internet-based study conducted in 2009, dickey and colleagues found that 42 percent of respondents reported a history of NSSI.
This presentation will explore the differences in reported NSSI history for transgender people across the world. Further, the authors will discuss the functions of NSSI and the ways in which NSSI may be different for transgender and gender nonconforming people than it is for cisgender people.
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