Wall/Object Punching: An Important but Under-Recognized Form of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The present research investigated wall/object punching as a form of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) among 1,143 veterans seeking treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Wall/object punching was remarkably common in this sample (43%), and its inclusion in the definition of NSSI increased estimated prevalence of recent NSSI by 14%. As expected, wall/object punching was strongly associated with other traditional forms of NSSI, post-NSSI relief, and suicide ideation. Male veterans and veterans with PTSD were significantly more likely to engage in wall/object punching than female veterans and veterans without PTSD. More research on this important but under-recognized form of NSSI is needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kimbrel, NA; Thomas, SP; Hicks, TA; Hertzberg, MA; Clancy, CP; Elbogen, EB; Meyer, EC; DeBeer, BB; Gross, GM; Silvia, PJ; Morissette, SB; Gratz, KL; Calhoun, PS; Beckham, JC

Published Date

  • October 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 501 - 511

PubMed ID

  • 28925016

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6366325

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-278X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/sltb.12371


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England