The mediating role of coping strategy in the association between family functioning and nonsuicidal self-injury among Taiwanese adolescents

Yaxuan Ren, Min Pei Lin, Yin Han Liu, Xu Zhang, Jo Yung Wei Wu, Wei Hsuan Hu, Sian Xu, Jianing You

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Objective: Nock's (2009) integrated theoretical model suggests that both intrapersonal and interpersonal factors contribute to the development of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). Based on this model, the present study examined the roles of family functioning and coping strategy in predicting NSSI, as well as the mediating effect of coping strategy in the relationship between family functioning and NSSI. Gender differences on the associations of these variables were also examined. Method: A sample of 1,989 secondary school students (52.0% females) in Taiwan was assessed by self-report measures of perceived family functioning, coping strategy, and NSSI. Results: Results showed that both family functioning and avoidance/emotion-focused coping strategy predicted NSSI. Additionally, the association between family functioning and NSSI was mediated by avoidance/emotion-focused coping strategy. Gender differences were not found on the associations among these study variables. Conclusions: These data provided evidences that the Nock's (2009) integrated theoretical model may help to explain how coping strategy mediates the effect of family functioning on NSSI. The implications of the findings for future research and intervention were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1246-1257
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 1



  • coping strategy
  • family functioning
  • mediation
  • nonsuicidal self-injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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