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Student Spotlight: Chloe Hamza

Chloe croppedAs many as 13 to 38 per cent of undergraduate students have a lifetime history of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). This behaviour is defined as self-directed deliberate destruction or alteration of bodily tissue in the absence of suicidal intent–such as selfcutting, carving, and burning. Although NSSI can be differentiated from suicidal behaviour, emerging evidence shows that NSSI may lead to increased suicidal risk (Hamza, Stewart & Willoughby 2012).

Chloe Hamza, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at Brock University, is looking at the link between NSSI and suicidal behaviour. Her work seeks to identify individuals with a history of NSSI who are most at risk for suicidal behaviour. It also aims to understand the mechanism through which NSSI may increase an individual’s risk for suicidal behaviour.

EENet has developed a Student Spotlight on Chloe’s work. Student Spotlights are brief profiles of up-and-coming student researchers.

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Categories: Children / Youth , Education , Mental Health

Source: Chloe Hamza