Co-occurring Health-Risk Behaviors of Non-suicidal Self-injury and Eating Disorders

  • Jamie M. DugganEmail author
  • Nancy L. Heath


Health-risk behaviors represent a form of direct and indirect self-injury, and examples include behaviors such as suicide, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), alcohol misuse, nicotine use, illicit and licit drug use, disordered eating behaviors, unsafe sexual practices, and other forms of risky or reckless and thrill-seeking behaviors. NSSI and eating disorders (ED) frequently co-occur with other health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults. Studies examining the prevalence of various health-risk behaviors are reviewed from clinical and community NSSI, eating disorders (ED), and NSSI/ED populations of youth and young adults. Trends and patterns regarding the scope and nature of co-occurring health-risk behaviors and NSSI/ED are discussed. Concluding comments center on the implications for the researcher and practitioner with a focus on assessment of health-risk behaviors among at-risk populations.


Eating Disorder Eating Behavior Eating Disorder Binge Eating Bulimia Nervosa 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational and Counseling PsychologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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