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Research Letter
June 3, 2019

Temporal Trends in the Prevalence of Nonsuicidal Self-injury Among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Youth From 2005 Through 2017

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(8):790-791. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1433

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) has received increasing attention in recent years as a clinically important phenomenon; it has been included in the DSM-5 as a syndrome warranting further investigation. Sexual minority youth are particularly at risk for NSSI.1 An important step toward addressing this issue is to characterize the prevalence of NSSI among these individuals. Additionally, data on temporal trends are needed to inform progress in addressing the stated need to eliminate health disparities among sexual minorities.2 The current study presents the first (to my knowledge) population-representative analysis of temporal trends in NSSI among sexual minority and heterosexual youth over a 13-year period.