Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Education




Dr. Alan Leschied


This study examined what differentiates girls in a residential treatment program who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) from the girls who do not. Participants included 68 females between the ages of 6 to 17 who resided at a tertiary mental health care facility for children and youth. Secondary data from the Brief Child and Family Phone Interview (BCFPI) was employed to measure internalizing and externalizing behaviours, histories maltreatment, and family disruptions. The findings indicate no significant differences between the low, moderate, and high risk groups. However, according to the primary caregivers’ reports, girls who appear to enjoy themselves are less likely to engage in NSSI behaviours. The clinical relevance of these results are discussed, in addition to how the current findings may guide future research to further enhance our understanding of NSSI behaviours among girls in tertiary care.