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Non-suicidal Self-Injury and Eating Disorders: Dimensions of Self-Harm

  • Laurence Claes
  • Jennifer J. Muehlenkamp
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Abstract

Both non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and eating disorders (ED) are considered to be harmful behaviors falling within a behavioral spectrum ranging from self-care to self-harm. The high degree of co-occurrence of these behaviors, along with their shared body focus has motivated researchers to investigate and theorize about the potential shared factors driving their comorbidity. In this chapter, we present a conceptual model based upon the current empirical literature depicting distal and proximal psychosocial risk factors shared by NSSI and ED. This model provides a framework for understanding the co-occurrence of NSSI and ED, with the different components being further elaborated on and discussed with regards to treatment recommendations across the different chapters included in this volume. The chapter concludes with a short introduction and summary of each of the chapters within this book.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Wisconsin Eau ClaireEau ClaireUSA

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