Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Kristin L. Croyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Russell Eisenman

Third Advisor

Dr. Jerwen Jou


Objective. To examine the relationship between the extraversion/introversion personality dimension and mildly injurious (fingernail biting, skin picking, etc.) and more injurious (cutting, burning, etc.) self-harming behaviors.

Method. An undergraduate sample of 146 students volunteered to complete several measures including the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revised and Self-Harm Information Form.

Results. Participants with no history of self-harm endorsed similar levels of extraversion in comparison to participants with a history of mildly or moderately injurious self-harm. Comparison between the groups using a One-Factor Between Subjects Analysis of Variance was not significant.

Conclusion. A proposition is made to expand future research examining self-harm and extraversion/introversion by exploring what function the self-harming behavior serves and focusing on a clinical population in order to further explore any possible relationship between these variables.


Copyright 2004 Norma Salazar-Cortez. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Psychology Commons