Int J Ment Health Addiction (2018) 16:711–713 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-017-9831-2 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Re: The Ottawa Self-injury Inventory Version 3.1: Suggestions for Revision to the Addictive Features Section 1 1 Sarah Davis & Christopher Alan Lewis Published online: 28 November 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2017 The Ottawa Self-injury Inventory (OSI) version 3.1 is a 26-item self-report measure which measures occurrence, frequency, types and functions of self-harm (Nixon and Cloutier 2005). The functions of self-harm are determined by the indication of the degree to which items (such as “to release unbearable tension, to experience a ‘high’ that feels like a drug high”) correspond with reasons for self-harm (ranging from 0, never a reason, to 4, always a reason). Appraisal of addictive features is measured by seven items. These seven items were developed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR®) (American Psychiatric Association 2000) criteria for substance dependence (Nixon et al. 2015)(see Table 1). It may be the case that having only seven items to directly measure the addictive nature of self-harm may not adequately capture how dependent and reliant some people become on this behaviour and how this may manifest itself. It could
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Published: Nov 28, 2017
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