Self-Harm: A Consideration of Predictive Factors

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Fall 2020


Recent data indicate 1 in 4 adolescents reported a history of self-harm. The literature on adolescents who self-injured and were admitted to the emergency room is sparse. The purpose of the study was to investigate the type of treatment decision an adolescent commonly receives when presented in the emergency room with self-harm while considering demographics (i.e., age, gender, and race/ethnicity) as predictive factors. Analyses of demographic variables identified which variables predicted the probability that an adolescent who arrived at the hospital with the complaint of self-induced, intentional injury (i.e., self-harm) would be (a) dismissed from the hospital or (b) referred to the emergency room/admitted to the hospital. Although the result of study yield statistically nonsignificant, there were unique findings related to age and gender.


Lavelle Hendricks

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences