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J Mil Med 2021, 22(12): 1242-1250 Back to browse issues page
The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion in the Relationship of Alexithymia and Borderline Personality Symptoms with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Behaviors in Soldiers
Youkhabeh Mohammadian , Esmaeil Mousavi Asl , Sajad Khanjani , Behzad Mahaki , Parviz Dabaghi *
Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Aja University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , Dabaghi_44@yahoo.com
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Background and Aim: Non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors could strongly predict future suicide attempts. To better understand this behavior and related and mediating factors, this study was conducted to determine the mediating role of self-compassion in the relationship of Alexithymia and symptoms of Borderline Personality with non-suicidal self-injury behaviors in soldiers.
Methods: The study design was descriptive-correlational through structural equation modeling. The sample of the study (n=254) was selected by convenience sampling method among all the army soldiers in Tehran, Iran in 2019. The soldiers completed the scales including the Deliberate Self-harm Inventory (DSHI), Borderline Personality Scale (STB), Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) Short-Form, Cognitive Flexibility Inventory (CFI), and The Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire. Data were analyzed via Pearson correlation coefficient and the path analysis of structural equation modeling using SPSS-20 and Lisrel-8.80.
Results: The NNSI is significantly correlated with a general score of Alexithymia (p=0.01, r=0.39) and borderline symptoms (p=0.01, r=0.64). However, it has a negative correlation with self-compassion score (p=0.01, r=-0.60). The self-compassion score is also negatively correlated with the general score of Alexithymia (p=0.01, r=-0.41) and borderline symptoms (p=0.01, r=-0.60). Moreover, the results of the path analysis showed that self-compassion acts as a mediator between the relation of NSSI with Alexithymia and borderline symptoms.
Conclusion: Self-compassion could be a protective factor against the negative effects of Alexithymia and borderline symptoms. In other words, the critical Alexithymia and borderline symptoms leading to NNSI behaviors are mediated by self-compassion. Thus, including this protective factor in preventive and therapeutic programs for NNSI in soldiers is highly recommended.
Keywords: Self-compassion, Alexithymia, Non-suicidal Self-Injury Behaviors, Symptoms of Borderline Personality, Soldiers.
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Type of Study: Orginal Research | Subject: military medcine
Received: 2020/02/13 | Accepted: 2021/02/7 | Published: 2021/03/9
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Mohammadian Y, Mousavi Asl E, Khanjani S, Mahaki B, Dabaghi P. The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion in the Relationship of Alexithymia and Borderline Personality Symptoms with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Behaviors in Soldiers. J Mil Med. 2021; 22 (12) :1242-1250
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