Peer influence and adolescent nonsuicidal self-injury: A theoretical review of mechanisms and moderators

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is an increasingly prevalent health risk behavior among adolescents and represents a significant public health concern. Although researchers have identified numerous antecedents or risk factors that precede engagement in NSSI behaviors, few studies have examined the role of peer influence processes. Yet, recent research suggests that adolescents may be more likely to engage in NSSI when close friends or other peers engage in similar behaviors. The following paper reviews past research on peer influence effects, including potential mechanisms and moderating variables. Methodological considerations for future research on peer influence and NSSI are discussed. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Heilbron, N; Prinstein, MJ

Published Date

  • October 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 169 - 177

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0962-1849

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.appsy.2008.05.004

Citation Source

  • Scopus