Describing and evaluating a novel method of clinical risk assessment

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Factors associated with higher risk of non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts, such as psychological distress, have been identified. However, we still cannot predict which individuals experiencing distress will engage in self-injury, and when this may occur. Hence, this thesis aimed to explore whether measuring psychological distress every day, among inpatients of a psychiatric hospital could help make risk prediction more precise. Results suggest that a lack of early improvement during treatment was associated with higher risks of engaging in self-injury. Conversely, rapid, early remitting distress during treatment, despite high initial distress; was associated with significantly lower risks of self-injury.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Page, Andrew, Supervisor
  • Hooke, Geoffrey, Supervisor
Award date17 Oct 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


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