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Kim, Kim, and Hur: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury among Korean Young Adults: A Validation of the Korean Version of the Inventory of Statements about Self-Injury



The purpose of this study was to validate and verify the Korean version of the Inventory of Statements about Self-Injury (ISAS) to better understand the psychopathological characteristics of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) among young adults.


A total of 539 Korean adults (age: 19 to 30 years; 343 participants with a history of NSSI) completed a self-report online survey regarding NSSI validation research. The test-retest reliability, internal consistency, concurrent validity, and factor analysis of the ISAS behavioral scales and the ISAS functional scales were examined. The factor structure and construct validity were evaluated by performing exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA).


The results demonstrated the good internal consistency and temporal stability of the Korean version of the ISAS. The EFA revealed that the NSSI functions exhibited a two-factor structure: intrapersonal functions and interpersonal functions. The CFA also confirmed that the model fitness indicators of the 2-factor structure were appropriate. In addition, the ISAS functional scales were related to increased suicidal ideations and decreased resilience in participants with a history of NSSI.


The current findings suggest that the Korean version of the ISAS is a robust measure of NSSI behaviors. Further research is needed to investigate the causal relationship between clinical symptoms, given the significant correlation between self-reported NSSI and suicidal ideation and decreased resilience.


Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is deliberate and repetitive self-harming behaviors aimed at the destruction of one’s own body tissues or organs. NSSI manifests as a wide variety of behavioral patterns. Typical NSSI behaviors include cutting or carving the skin, burning the skin or deliberately fracturing one’s bones. Sometimes self-injurious behaviors are easily hidden or passed off as accidents [1], such as lip biting, hitting the edge of furniture or falling. Concealed NSSI behaviors may interfere with accurate estimates of NSSI prevalence, which is a highly prevalent pathological symptom among both clinical and community samples. For instance, the estimated prevalence of NSSI is 13-46.5% for adolescents and 11.7-38.9% for college students [2-7]. In a recent study of female middle school students in South Korea, approximately one-fifth of the research participants reported NSSI experiences [8]. Although individuals who engaged in NSSI may argue that their actions are carried out with no intent to commit suicide, this voluntary and destructive attempt leads to suicidal behaviors, including suicidal ideation and suicide attempts [9,10].
NSSI behaviors occur and are perpetuated in relation to a series of functions: intrapersonal functions (i.e., escaping from unwanted ideations or feelings or leading to desired feelings or stimulation) and interpersonal functions (i.e., leading to peer bonding or escaping from undesired interpersonal stimuli) [11-14]. A recent meta-analysis revealed that intrapersonal functions aimed at modulating one’s internal environment were more common (used by 66-81% of individuals who engage in NSSI) than interpersonal functions aimed at influencing one’s external environment [15]. In Korea, this pattern appears even more prominent, and approximately 90% of individuals who engage in NSSI report that intrapersonal functions facilitate self-injurious behaviors [16].
To explore various functions that have a great influence on the onset or maintenance of NSSI behaviors, the Inventory of Statements about Self-Injury (ISAS) was developed to cover more extensive functions that drive NSSI and are related to sensation seeking, coping with dissociative experiences or suicidal ideation, and establishing personal boundaries [17]. Several measures have been developed to examine NSSI characteristics, such as the Deliberate Self-Harm Inventory (DSHI) [18], Suicide Attempt Self-Injury Interview (SASII) [19], and Functional Assessment of Self-Mutilation (FASM) [20]; however, these NSSI scales have limitations in that they were not originally designed with the functions of NSSI behaviors in mind [21]. Hereupon, Klonsky and Glenn [17] developed the ISAS with a sample of 235 young adults in order to comprehensively assess both the function and frequency of self-injurious behaviors. The original version of the ISAS explores 13 functions of NSSI (i.e., affect regulation, avoiding suicide, marking distress, self-punishment, anti-dissociation, interpersonal boundaries, interpersonal influence, revenge, sensation seeking, peer bonding, toughness, autonomy, and self-care) along with the frequency of NSSI, which is closely associated with higher levels of suicidal ideation [10,22]. Because of its abundance of information on both the phenomenology and functions of NSSI, the ISAS has been regarded as a promising measurement for case conceptualization and treatment planning in clinical settings [17]. Given the virtues of the measure, the has been translated to and validated in three languages (Turkish, Mexican Spanish, and Swedish) [12,23,24].
The current study was conducted to confirm the factor structure, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and concurrent validity of the Korean version of the ISAS. We also explored the link between NSSI patterns with suicidal ideation and resilience, which are closely related to self-destructive behavior [25,26]. Thus, we assumed that the Korean version of the ISAS had adequate psychometric features and provided clinical insights into mental health problems in South Korean youth.


Participants and procedure

Consistent with the validation process for the original versions of the NSSI, which examined young adults with the most frequent levels of depression [17,27], the subjects consisted of Korean adults aged 19 to 30 years who were recruited through internet advertisements posted on websites for different groups (e.g., online community groups, online hobby groups, and online NSSI forums). The anticipated sample size was 347 based on a sample size calculator [28]; and a 5.26% confidence interval and 95% confidence level were used, which is consistent with a previous study [12]. In Korea, the population aged 19 to 30 years numbers 7,731,010 according to Statistics Korea 2016 [29]. The exclusion criteria were as follows:
1) age younger than 19 or older than 30 years, 2) display of comprehension problems, and 3) lack of motivation or cooperation in responding to the questionnaires.
Eligible participants were asked to independently complete the online survey via the internet. Of the 757 participants, 74 respondents were excluded due to the omission of the ISAS and 144 respondents were excluded due to the omission of other scales. The final sample consisted of 196 controls (control group: never engaged in NSSI during their lifetime) and 343 NSSI participants (NSSI group: engaged in NSSI more than once during their lifetime [12,17,30]).
The study protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Chung-Ang University (IRB No. 1041078-2017 06-BRSB-127-0C), and we obtained written informed consent from all participants in this study.


Inventory of Statements about Self-Injury (ISAS)

NSSI behaviors and functions were assessed using the Korean version of the ISAS (Supplementary Material 1 in the online-only Data Supplement) [17,22]. The first section of the ISAS measures the lifetime frequency of 12 NSSI behaviors (e.g., burning, cutting, and carving) performed intentionally without suicidal intent. Here, the frequency distribution of each self-injurious behavior was defined according to previous research, and the first section was scored as 0 (none), 1 (few), 2 (moderate), or 3 (common) based on the frequency distribution of each self-injurious behavior to facilitate a statistical analysis [12]. The second section of the ISAS consisted of 39 items that assess 13 NSSI functions, such as affect regulation and autonomy [22], which diverged into 2 superordinate categories: intrapersonal function and interpersonal function. The second section was rated on a scale from 0 (not at all relevant) to 2 (very relevant) according to the respondent’s experience of NSSI functions (Cronbach’s alpha for the internal consistency of sections 1 and 2 = 0.84 and 0.71, respectively) [22].
The Korean version of the ISAS (Supplementary Material 1 in the online-only Data Supplement) was developed using the back-translation method [31], which is recommended for use in cross-cultural research [32]. First, the ISAS was translated into Korean by two native Koreans who were fluent in English. Then, the Korean version of the ISAS was back-translated into English by another bilingual translator from the research team to confirm whether the translation matched the wording of the original scale. Finally, the Korean version was compared with the original version by an English-speaking consensus committee of clinicians. When discrepancies occurred between the two versions, individual items were subjected to additional rounds of back-translation until they were deemed satisfactory.

Functional Assessment of Self-Mutilation (FASM)

The FASM was developed by Lloyd et al. [20] to measure the frequency and motives of self-mutilation. The first part of the FASM assesses self-mutilation methods, frequencies and behaviors. Self-mutilation motives are measured in the second part, which consists of 22 items. The reported internal consistency was 0.65 to 0.66 [20]. In Korea, the FASM was adapted and validated by Kwon and Kwon (Cronbach’s alpha=0.80) [30].

Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation (BSI)

Because suicidal ideation is one of the clear predictors of suicidal attempts, further research is needed on the relevance of suicidal ideation to NSSI behaviors [2]. The BSI consists of 19 items developed for clinical interviews [33]. Suicidal ideation has 3 dimensions, including active suicidal desire, specific plans for suicide and passive suicidal desire. The BSI is scored using a 3-point Likert scale, and the total score ranges from 0 to 38 (Cronbach’s alpha=0.89) [33]. Generally, a total score of 6 or more is considered clinically significant [34]. In South Korea, Shin et al. [35] modified the BSI into a self-report scale (Cronbach’s alpha=0.81) [35].

Korean Resilience Questionnaire-53 (KRQ-53)

Resilience is defined as the ability to bounce back or recover from stress, adapt to stressful situations, and function above the norm despite untoward stress and adversity [36]. The Korean version of the Resilience Questionnaire (KRQ-53; Cronbach’s alpha ranged from 0.79 to 0.89) was adapted from the questionnaire of the Resilience Quotient Test (RQT) [37,38]. The KRQ-53 consists of 9 subscales and diverges into 3 superordinate categories including control (causal analysis, emotional regulation, and impulse control), interpersonality (communication, sympathy, and relationship), and positivity (optimism, daily satisfaction, and appreciation). After informed consent was obtained, the ISAS, FASM, BSI and KRQ-53 were administered.

Statistical analysis

All data were assessed using a SPSS 18 for Windows (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA) spreadsheet. In terms of reliability, the test-retest reliability and internal consistency were investigated. To examine the retest reliability, 70 individuals were randomly selected from the total sample to retake the Korean version of the ISAS 4 weeks after the first administration. Thirty-five subjects completed the 4-week retest and were included in the test-retest analysis.
In addition, Mplus and AMOS 23 were used to perform exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), respectively. EFA was conducted first to identify the underlying structure of the ISAS by adopting the maximum likelihood extraction method with an oblique promax rotation.39 Consistent with a previous study [11], the following considerations were integrated for retaining the number of factors: inspection of the scree plot based on the redundancy of factors (identify the number of factors above the breaking point or “elbow”), the conceptual interpretability of factors, the Kaiser criterion (factors with eigenvalues greater than 1) and variance explained for each factor. Then, the CFA was performed to verify the factor structure of the ISAS scale items [12,17].
Regarding the CFA model, we followed the recommendations of Hu and Bentler [40] and other researchers regarding the goodness-of-fit indices: root mean square error of approximation (RMSEA) values ≤0.05 indicated a good fit, values between 0.05 and 0.08 indicated an adequate fit, and values between 0.08 and 0.10 indicated a mediocre fit [41-43]. Additionally, a model was considered adequate if the comparative fit index (CFI) was above 0.90 [44]; and a root mean square residual (RMR) value <0.05 was considered to indicate a good fit [45]. Correlations between the Korean version of the ISAS and other scales were also analyzed to further investigate the psychopathological characteristics of NSSI among Korean young adults.


Demographic and clinical characteristics

Of the 539 participants, 66.2% (n=357) were female, and 0.7% (n=4) were “sex unspecified.” A total of 48% (n=262) of the participants were aged 19 to 22 years, 40.2% (n=217) were aged 23 to 26 years, and 11.2% (n=60) were aged 27 to 30 years. Regarding education level, the participants reported the following: 0.2% (n=1) had “not completed high school,” 3.3% (n=18), were a “high school graduate,” 67.7% (n=365) were “in university,” 20.4% (n=110) were a “university graduate,” and 8.3% (n=45) were “beyond graduate school.” In terms of self-reported socioeconomic status, the participants reported the following: 7.1% (n=38) were low, 22.3% (n=20) were low-medium, 40.3% (n=217) were medium, 26% (n=140) were medium-high, and 4.5% (n=24) were high.

Section 1 of the ISAS (ISAS behavioral scales)

Reliability analysis

The test-retest reliability and internal consistency were analyzed to verify the reliability of the Korean version of the ISAS. The internal consistency of ISAS section 1 was excellent (Cronbach’s alpha=0.85, n=539). Pearson correlations between the overall score and each item ranged from 0.40 (carving) to 0.77 (banging or hitting oneself), and the median was 0.60 (severe scratching) (all p<0.001) (Table 1).
The four-week test-retest reliability of section 1 was examined using data from 35 participants who were randomly selected from among all participants. The test-retest correlation of the overall score was significantly high (r=0.90, p<0.001). The test-retest correlations for each behavior varied from 0.50 (sticking oneself with needles) to 0.94 (cutting), with a median of 0.74 (pinching). All correlations were positive and statistically significant (p<0.001).

Validity analysis

Pearson correlations were calculated between the ISAS behavioral scales and the behavioral frequency of the NSSI measured by the FASM (item “A”) to investigate the concurrent validity. The correlation between the 2 measurements was good (r=0.74, p<0.001) (Table 2). All correlations between the frequencies of NSSI behavior measured by the ISAS and FASM were significant and ranged from 0.17 (carving) to 0.59 (biting), with a median of 0.41 (interfering with wound healing) (p<0.001).

Section 2 of the ISAS (ISAS functional scales)

Reliability analysis

Cronbach’s alpha was 0.92 for the Korean version of ISAS section 2, indicating excellent internal consistency reliability. The range was 0.24 (item 34) to 0.70 (item 29), and the median was 0.49 (item 11) (all p<0.001) (Table 3).
The overall test-retest correlation was 0.91; and the test-retest correlations for interpersonal and intrapersonal functions were 0.84 and 0.92, respectively (all p<0.001).

Validity analysis

Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA)
Inspection of the scree plot and eigenvalues indicated a 2-factor structure accounting for 40.57% of the total variance. Regarding the 2-factor structure, factor 1 had an eigenvalue of 13.01 and included interpersonal functions. Factor 2 had an eigenvalue of 2.76 and included intrapersonal functions. The intercorrelation between the 2 factors was adequate (r=0.58, p=0.05). Thirty-four out of 39 items loaded on the interpersonal or intrapersonal functions consistent with previous studies [11,17]. Two items (item 7 and 17) loaded on intrapersonal functions rather than interpersonal functions, and three items (item 11, 31 and 32) loaded on interpersonal functions rather than intrapersonal functions (Figure 1, Supplementary Material 2 in the online-only Data Supplement).
Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA)
The current analysis defined the following 13 observed variables and 2 implicit factors of the Korean version of the ISAS functional scales: [12,17] intrapersonal functions (affect regulation, avoiding dissociation, avoiding suicide, marking distress and self-punishment) and interpersonal functions (autonomy, interpersonal influence, interpersonal boundaries, peer bonding, revenge, self-care, sensation seeking and toughness) (Figure 2). In the CFA, the measurement model showed acceptable validity (χ2=423.45, degrees of freedom=64, RMSEA=0.10, CFI=0.91, RMR=0.01, n=539). The factor loadings varied from 0.42 (sensation seeking) to 2.89 (interpersonal influence), with a median of 1.75 (revenge).
The Pearson correlation for the ISAS functional scales and NSSI functions assessed by the FASM (item “H”) was calculated to investigate concurrent validity. The correlation between the overall score of ISAS section 2 and the FASM was good (r=0.77, p<0.001; intrapersonal function: r=0.75, p<0.001; interpersonal function: r=0.70, p<0.001).

Relationship to other clinical measures

Correlations between the Korean version of the ISAS and other clinical scales were analyzed to better understand the psychopathological characteristics related to NSSI. Regarding the NSSI behaviors (ISAS section 1), the frequency of NSSI behavior showed a positive correlation with suicidal ideation (r=0.48, p<0.001) and a negative correlation with resilience (r=-0.33, p<0.001). More specifically, intrapersonal function was related to high suicidal ideation (r=0.62, p<0.001) and low resilience (r=-0.45, p<0.001). Additionally, interpersonal function was related to high suicidal ideation (r=0.47, p<0.001) and low resilience (r=-0.38, p<0.001) (Table 4).


Just a decade ago, self-injury was regarded as a dramatic gesture by immature individuals who would seek the attention of others or fail to regulate their own emotions [46]. At present, NSSI is not simply an attempt to attract attention or suicide, but a consequence of a variety of individual-specific functions [11,14].
The main purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Korean version of the ISAS [17]. As a result, we confirmed the adequate reliability and validity of both the behavioral and functional scales of the ISAS and identified a factor structure of intrapersonal and interpersonal functions for NSSI behaviors, and these findings were similar to the results of previous studies [12,17] and verified by both EFA and a CFA. We have also shown the relationships between NSSI functions and other psychological vulnerabilities, such as suicidal ideation and poor resilience.
The results of this study are summarized as follows. First, the findings support the good reliability and validity of the Korean version of the ISAS behavioral scales, which were originally designed to investigate the type and lifetime frequency of 12 NSSI behaviors. The statistical properties of the Korean version of the ISAS behavioral sections were similar to those found in the original study [17] and in the Turkish study [12]. For instance, in terms of internal consistency, every self-injurious behavior pattern was significantly correlated with the total frequency of NSSI measured by the Korean version of the ISAS [12]. However, compared with other NSSI behaviors, such as cutting, biting, carving, burning, and swallowing, the use of dangerous substances showed weakened relationships with both the ISAS and the FASM frequency scales. These findings are in accordance with previous research [47]. Therefore, given the high variance in the frequency of various NSSI types, the search for specific self-injurious behavior domains should be prioritized above the other types of the wide range of NSSI behaviors.
Regarding the second section of the ISAS, we confirmed the sufficient reliability and validity, which is consistent with the findings of the original, Turkish, and Mexican studies [12,17,23]. Moreover, we replicated a two-factor structure of NSSI functions, which is consistent with previous research across various ages and cultures [15,22,30,48,49]. More specifically, the intrapersonal functions of NSSI among Korean adults included affect regulation, avoiding dissociation, avoiding suicide, marking distress, and self-punishment. Interpersonal functions are related to autonomy, interpersonal boundaries, interpersonal influence, peer bonding, revenge, self-care, sensation seeking, and toughness. Additionally, as with previous research, the fit indices were acceptable, indicating good construct validity. For example, the RMSEA was slightly higher than the conventional acceptance limits but still showed mediocre fit (0.08-0.10) [43]. This finding was also consistent with the results of the Turkish study (RMSEA=0.08) [12].
The results of the correlation analysis revealed that the self-reported NSSI functions measured in the Korean version of the ISAS were significantly correlated with problematic clinical features, such as suicidal ideation and reduced resilience. In other words, the participants who exhibited more suicidal ideation and less resilience reported more functions for their self-injurious behaviors. As previous research has illustrated, vulnerable individuals may initiate NSSI when they have difficulty coping with internal and external environments [12]. Resilience, one of the most invaluable psychological resources, reduces the impact of stressful life events on individuals [50] and attenuates the likelihood of suicide among adolescents and young adults [51]. Indeed, a low level of resilience is the only significant predictor of current NSSI behaviors according to Rotolone and Martin [26]. Therefore, further study is needed to confirm the dynamics between NSSI, suicidal ideation, and resilience in order to seek effective interventions to prevent the lethal consequences of self-harming behaviors.
Certain limitations were observed in this study. First, this study was conducted with a convenient sample of individuals who could access the internet, and participation in research was available only through the internet. Most of the participants were university students living in the capital area, which prevents the generalization of the findings to other populations. Second, although the validation analyses used are widely accepted as robust research methodologies, the findings were derived from limited self-reported data. Therefore, to thoroughly identify antecedents and precedents for NSSI in Korea, further research should include different samples and methodologies. Because NSSI can lead to later suicidal behaviors, historical suicide attempts should be included in future studies.
In conclusion, the Korean version of the ISAS, which measures the frequency and function of NSSI, is a reliable and valid measure of the NSSI behaviors in Korean adults. The Korean version of the ISAS functional scales also has a 2-factor structure that includes intrapersonal and interpersonal functions, which is consistent with previous studies. The use of various psychological measures extends the research area of mental health. We hope that a more sophisticated approach will become available for both a clinical setting and research setting based on the results presented here on the relationships among NSSI, suicidal ideation and weakened resilience as well as the adequate psychometric properties of the Korean version of the ISAS.

Supplementary Materials

The online-only Data Supplement is available with this article at


This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) by a grant funded by the Korean government (NRF-2017R1C1B50 18400), and by the Chung-Ang University Research Grants in 2018.

The authors have no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

Figure 1.
Scree plot for the exploratory factor analysis of the Inventory of Statements About Self-injury.
Figure 2.
The structure of the Inventory of Statements About Self-injury functions.
Table 1.
Correlations between the overall score and each item in the ISAS section 1 (N=539)
ISAS each behavior ISAS section 1 overall
Banging or hitting self 0.77*
Biting 0.75*
Burning 0.44*
Carving 0.40*
Cutting 0.56*
Interfering with wound healing 0.63*
Pinching 0.72*
Pulling hair 0.64*
Rubbing skin against rough surface 0.58*
Severe scratching 0.60*
Sticking self with needles 0.61*
Swallowing dangerous substances 0.50*
Else 0.44*

* p<0.05.

ISAS: Inventory of Statements about Self-Injury

Table 2.
Correlations between the Inventory of the FASM and the ISAS section 1 (overall score and each item) (N=539)
ISAS each behavior FASM
ISAS section 1 overall 0.74*
Banging or hitting self 0.59*
Biting 0.59*
Burning 0.35*
Carving 0.17*
Cutting 0.59*
Interfering with wound healing 0.42*
Pinching 0.44*
Pulling hai 0.41*
Rubbing skin against rough surface 0.34*
Severe scratching 0.50*
Sticking self with needles 0.43*
Swallowing dangerous substances 0.34*
Else 0.34*

* p<0.05.

ISAS: Inventory of Statements about Self-Injury, FASM: Functional Assessment of Self-Mutilation

Table 3.
Correlations between the overall score and each item in the ISAS section 2 (N=539)
Each function (number) ISAS section 2 overall
01. When I self-harm, I am calming myself down. 0.29*
02. When I self-harm, I am creating a boundary between myself and others. 0.65*
03. When I self-harm, I am punishing myself. 0.55*
04. When I self-harm, I am giving myself a way to care for myself (by attending to the wound). 0.44*
05. When I self-harm, I am causing pain so I will stop feeling numb. 0.45*
06. When I self-harm, I am avoiding the impulse to attempt suicide. 0.55*
07. When I self-harm, I am doing something to generate excitement or exhilaration. 0.39*
08. When I self-harm, I am bonding with peers. 0.30*
09. When I self-harm, I am letting others know the extent of my emotional pain. 0.41*
10. When I self-harm, I am seeing if I can stand the pain. 0.48*
11. When I self-harm, I am creating a physical sign that I feel awful. 0.49*
12. When I self-harm, I am getting back at someone. 0.38*
13. When I self-harm, I am ensuring that I am self-sufficient. 0.38*
14. When I self-harm, I am releasing emotional pressure that has built up inside of me. 0.50*
15. When I self-harm, I am demonstrating that I am separate from other people. 0.66*
16. When I self-harm, I am expressing anger towards myself for being worthless or stupid. 0.62*
17. When I self-harm, I am creating a physical injury that is easier to care for than my emotional distress. 0.66*
18. When I self-harm, I am trying to feel something (as opposed to nothing) even if it is physical pain. 0.62*
19. When I self-harm, I am responding to suicidal thoughts without actually attempting suicide. 0.61*
20. When I self-harm, I am entertaining myself or others by doing something extreme. 0.43*
21. When I self-harm, I am fitting in with others. 0.34*
22. When I self-harm, I am seeking care of help from others. 0.50*
23. When I self-harm, I am demonstrating I am tough or strong. 0.48*
24. When I self-harm, I am proving to myself that my emotional pain is real. 0.68*
25. When I self-harm, I am getting revenge against others. 0.49*
26. When I self-harm, I am demonstrating that I do not need to rely on others for help. 0.49*
27. When I self-harm, I am reducing anxiety, frustration, anger, or other overwhelming emotions. 0.51*
28. When I self-harm, I am establishing a barrier between myself and others. 0.62*
29. When I self-harm, I am reacting to feeling unhappy with myself or disgusted with myself. 0.71*
30. When I self-harm, I am allowing myself to focus on treating the injury, which can be gratifying or satisfying. 0.29*
31. When I self-harm, I am making sure I am still alive when I don’t feel real. 0.57*
32. When I self-harm, I am putting a stop to suicidal thoughts. 0.62*
33. When I self-harm, I am pushing my limits in a manner akin to skydiving or other extreme activities. 0.37*
34. When I self-harm, I am creating a sign of friendship or kinship with friends of loved ones. 0.24*
35. When I self-harm, I am keeping a loved one from leaving or abandoning me. 0.51*
36. When I self-harm, I am proving I can take the physical pain, 0.48*
37. When I self-harm, I am signifying the emotional distress I’, experiencing. 0.68*
38. When I self-harm, I am trying to hurt someone close to me. 0.47*
39. When I self-harm, I am establishing that I am autonomous/independent. 0.59*

* p<0.05.

ISAS: Inventory of Statements about Self-Injury

Table 4.
Correlations between the ISAS and other scales
ISAS section 1 ISAS section 2 Intrapersonal functions Interpersonal functions
BSI 0.48* 0.57* 0.62* 0.17*
KRQ-30 -0.33*- -0.43*- -0.37*- -0.47*-

* p<0.05.

ISAS: Inventory of Statements about Self-Injury, ISAS section 1: NSSI behaviors, ISAS section 2: NSSI functions, BSI: Beck Scale for Suicidal Intention, KRQ-53: Korean Resilience Questionnaire-53


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