Depression Mediates the Relationship Between Distress Tolerance and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Among Adolescents: One-Year Follow-Up

Min Pei Lin, Jianing You, Yung Wei Wu, Yongqiang Jiang

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Through a one-year follow-up design, this study examined whether distress tolerance would increase the risk for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), mediated through depression in a representative sample of adolescents. Participants (N = 2,170) were recruited from senior high schools throughout Taiwan using both stratified and cluster sampling in time 1 (T1), and 1,832 students were followed-up one year later (T2). Structure equation modeling results revealed that after controlling NSSI measured at T1, NSSI (T2) was significantly predicted by distress tolerance (T1) and fully mediated through depression (T2). The mediating role of depression in the relationship between distress tolerance and NSSI are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-600
Number of pages12
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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