Buffering the effects of peer victimization on adolescent non-suicidal self-injury: The role of self-compassion and family cohesion

Yongqiang Jiang, Jianing You, Yang Hou, Chao Du, Min Pei Lin, Xiaoling Zheng, Congfen Ma

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Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a significant behavioral problem among adolescents all over the world. This study examined the longitudinal relationship between peer victimization and NSSI, as well as the buffering effects of self-compassion and family cohesion on this relationship. Data were collected at two time points from 525 secondary school students (226 girls; Mage = 12.97, SD = 1.02) in China. Results showed that peer victimization (marginally) significantly predicted NSSI over time even after controlling for Wave 1 NSSI. This association was weakened under the condition of high levels of self-compassion. Findings of this study emphasize the buffering effect of self-compassion in the relationship between peer victimization and NSSI, and are informative for prevention and intervention of this behavioral problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-115
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1



  • Adolescents
  • Family cohesion
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Peer victimization
  • Self-compassion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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