Introduction: Self-Harm and self-stigma were maladaptive behaviors that were often experienced by adolescent drug abusers. This condition affected an individual's mental health condition, but research on the relationship between self-stigma and self-harm behavior in adolescent drug abusers was still limited. This study aims to determine the relationship between self-stigma and self-harm behavior among adolescent in rehabilitation units. Methods: Correlation analysis with cross-sectional approach on 241 adolescents in several drug rehabilitation units selected through purposive sampling technique. Self-stigma was measured by the Internalized Stigma: Substance Abuse Version questionnaire and self-harm behavior was measured by the Deliberate Self-Harm Inventory questionnaire. Univariate analysis was performed for categorical data using the frequency distribution test and central tendency test for numerical data, while the bivariate test used Pearson Correlation. Results: There was a significant relationship between self-stigma and self-harm behavior in adolescents in drug rehabilitation units (r=0.319). The higher the level of self-stigma was proportional to the higher the self-harm behavior of adolescent drug abusers. Conclusion: There was a relationship between self-stigma and self-harm behavior in adolescents in drug rehabilitation. For health practitioners, this could be reference for consideration of the importance of self-stigma assessment to improve risk management of harm behavior in providing adolescent nursing care in drug rehabilitation units.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2022|
- Adolescent drug abuse
- Self harm behavior
- Self stigma