Short summary: Non-suicidal-self-injury (NSSI), which refers to the direct and deliberate, self-inflicted damage of one’s body tissue without suicidal intent (e.g., scratching or hitting oneself), poses a public health problem among adolescents and emerging adults.  This thesis aims to provide a better understanding about: (1) the prevalence of NSSI during the college period, (2) the relationship with later mental disorders and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, (3) the risk factors that predict NSSI among college students. 

PhD Thesis

Kiekens, G. (2020). Towards a better understanding of non-suicidal self-injury among college students (Joint PhD). KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium and Curtin University, Peth, Australia.