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dc.contributor.authorRobinson, Kealagh
dc.contributor.authorBoyes, Mark
dc.contributor.authorWilson, M.S.
dc.contributor.authorGrimshaw, G.M.
dc.identifier.citationRobinson, K. and Boyes, M.E. and Wilson, M.S. and Grimshaw, G.M. 2023. Emotional responding to overt and subtle social exclusion among young women who engage in non-suicidal self-injury. Royal Society Open Science. 10 (3): 221100.

People who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) consistently report greater emotion reactivity and dysregulation than their peers. However, evidence that these self-reports reflect an amplified emotional response under controlled conditions is limited. Here we test the effects of both subtle and overt social exclusion, to determine whether self-reported emotion dysregulation reflects responses to real-time emotional challenge for people who self-injure. We recruited 100 young women with past-year NSSI and 100 without NSSI to an online experiment. Participants took part in a baseline social inclusion ball-tossing game, followed by either an overt or subtle social exclusion ball-tossing game, while we measured negative mood and belongingness. Despite reporting greater emotion reactivity (d = 1.40) and dysregulation (d = 1.63) than controls, women with past-year NSSI showed no differences in negative mood or belongingness ratings in response to either overt or subtle social exclusion. Within the NSSI group, exploratory analyses found greater endorsement of intrapersonal functions predicted greater negative mood following social exclusion (β = 0.19). Given that amplified emotional responding is central to prominent theoretical models of NSSI, findings highlight the need to better understand the divergence in findings between self-reported emotion dysregulation and real-time emotional responding among people who self-injure.

dc.subjectemotion dysregulation
dc.subjectnon-suicidal self-injury
dc.subjectsocial rejection
dc.titleEmotional responding to overt and subtle social exclusion among young women who engage in non-suicidal self-injury
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleRoyal Society Open Science
curtin.departmentCurtin School of Population Health
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Health Sciences
curtin.contributor.orcidRobinson, Kealagh [0000-0002-9367-7445]
curtin.contributor.orcidBoyes, Mark [0000-0001-5420-8606]
curtin.contributor.researcheridBoyes, Mark [G-9680-2014]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridRobinson, Kealagh [57195641402]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridBoyes, Mark [26537153900]

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