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Questionnaire- Self Injury


1. I was often told as a child that I had to be strong. True____ False____

2. I do not remember much affection being displayed in my family. True____ False____

3. Anger was the feeling most often displayed in my family. True____ False____

4. I rarely felt I could express my feelings to my family. True____ False____

5. As a child I remember my mother and/or father as overly intrusive. True____ False____

6. As a child I remember being sexually abused. True____ False____

7. As a child I remember being physically abused. True____ False____

8. As a child I remember being emotionally abuse. True____ False____

9. As a child my mother and/or father was emotionally absent. True____ False____

10. I remember times when I was punished for strong feelings. True____ False____

11. When I was upset or frightened, I was ignored. True____ False____

12. I grew up in a very religious household. True____ False____

13. I had a parent who was unable to raise me due to a physical illness or trauma. True____ False____

14. I grew up with a lot of double messages. True____ False____

15. I often think of myself as a “bad” person. True____ False____

16. I often believe that I’m at fault for everything that goes wrong. True____ False____

17. I often think that everyone would be happier if I were dead. True____ False____

18. I hate change. True____ False____

19. I seem to have an all-or-nothing attitude. True____ False____

20. I usually can’t find words that explain how I feel. True____ False____

21. I am a perfectionist. True____ False____

22. I think I am a burden to others. True____ False____

23. I do not want to die; I just want to stop my emotional pain. True____ False____

24. My friends and family have become concerned about my body piercing. True____ False____

25. I have decided to continue piercing despite the fact that one or

more significant others have told me that they are repulsed by it. True____ False____

26. I become anxious when anyone tries to stop me or prevent me from getting a

new piercing. True____ False____

27. I have problems with drugs or alcohol. True____ False____

28. I have sometimes neglected to seek medical attention for an

illness or injury when part of me knows that I should have. True____ False____

29. I have an eating disorder, or have had one sometime in the past. True____ False____

30. I have – or have had- a tendency to be promiscuous. True____ False____

31. I have overdosed on drugs. True____ False____

32. I often obsess about self-injury. True____ False____

33. I sometimes can’t explain where my injuries come from. True____ False____

34. I get anxious when my wounds start to heal. True____ False____

35. I often believe that if I don’t self-injure, I’ll go “crazy.” True____ False____

36. No one can hurt me more than I can hurt myself. True____ False___

37. I can’t imagine life without self-injury. True____ False____

38. If I stop self-injuring, my parents win. True____ False____

39. I often self-injure as a way to punish myself. True____ False____

40. Self-injury is my best friend. True____ False____

41. I consider my tendency to self-harm an addiction. True____ False____

42. Many times I harm myself more out of habit than for any specific

reason. True____ False____

43. I have self-injured: Only once__ 2-5 times__ 6-10 times__11-20 times__ 21-50 times__

More than 50 times__

44. When did you last harm yourself? Within the past 6 weeks__ Past six months__ Past year__

More than one year ago__?

Questions 1-14

The more questions you answered “true”, the more likely it is that your early experiences were similar to those described by self-injurers.

Questions 15-23

The more questions you answered “true” in this section, the more your view of yourself matches the views commonly expressed by self-injurers.

Questions 24-31

If you answered “true” to any of these questions, it may signal that you have a serious problem with self-injury.

Questions 32-44

We suggest that anyone who answered “true” to any of these questions might benefit from consultation with a professional who understands self-injury. You may use the questionnaire as a tool for discussion during the consultation.

If would like to speak with someone from Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health Services, please mail or email ( this information.  To set an appointment with me click here.

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This assessment is based on the clinical experience of S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES and not research.  It is meant to be used as a tool for self evaluation and not intended to diagnose.  You must meet with a clinical therapist for evaluation to be diagnosed.  Mailing the assessment does not constitute a therapeutic relationship.

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