Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Barragan, Armando


This study explores the association between adolescents body image concerns and self-injurious behaviors among students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade. The study is exploratory in nature and uses a quantitative design. The study collected archival data from counseling services provided through alocal school district’s counseling program. More specifically, the archival data was retrieved from initial assessments gathered from students participating in the local school district’s counseling program. Additionally, this research is a call for action that seeks to examine and support the further development of programs geared towards students. This study seeks to expand on the research that guides current and future practices available that equip social workers in assessing, treating and providing adequate resources for this vulnerable population. This study also calls for the development of proper assessment tools and resources that will allow adolescents access to potentially lifesaving services. A chi-square test was used to measure the association between body image concerns and non-suicidal self-injury. The chi-square test for independence indicated a significant association between body image concerns and non-suicidal self-injurious behavior