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Adolescent Nonsuicidal Self-injury

Research Question

How do adolescents experience and manage self-injury? What roles can technology play in supporting adolescents with self-injury thoughts and behaviors?


The purpose of this study is to learn more about adolescents’ (14-17 years old) experiences of self-injury, their ways of managing self-injury, their use technologies to access self-injury support or information, and their imagined use of technology to help with NSSI.

Expected Commitment

Total study duration is expected to be approximately 70 minutes.  If enrolled, you will be asked to;

  • Complete one brief online survey (10 minutes)
  • Complete one 60-minute remote interview.


Eligible participants may be compensated $25.00 for completing the brief online survey and interview.


This study is for individuals:

  • Who are US Citizens or Residents
  • Who are 14-18 years old
  • participants who reside in Nebraska must be at least 19 years old
  • Who own a smartphone
  • Who have current engagement in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI; e.g., cutting, burning), defined as NSSI on 2 or more days in past month

 If one or more of the criteria described above are not met, you will not be eligible to participate in the current study. Please answer the following questions to determine your eligibility for this study.

How do I join?

Fill out the study's online screener today to find out if you may be eligible to participate:
Take the Screener


For any immediate questions or concerns, please contact the study team:

PI: Kaylee Kruzan, PhD
Study Contact: Kaylee Kruzan, PhD
Email: or
Phone: 810.241.0488

This study has been approved by the Northwestern University IRB STU00219136

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