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(p. 193) Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors 

(p. 193) Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors
(p. 193) Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors

Alexander J. Millner

, and Matthew K. Nock

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date: 29 October 2020

Abstract: Self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITB) are an enormous global public health problem. Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide, and cross-national studies estimate that the prevalence of nonlethal SITBs ranges from 3% to 9%. This chapter focuses on the assessment of SITB in youth and adults. It begins with a review of the nature of the condition, which is followed by a review of clinical assessment instruments designed for the assessment purposes of (a) determining the presence and frequency of SITB, (b) case conceptualization and treatment planning, and (c) treatment monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations are included for instruments with the greatest scientific support and for assessing SITB in a clinically sensitive manner.

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