Compensated Study on Self-Harm
Researchers at Fordham University are conducting an online research study aiming to learn more about individuals who have thoughts of self-harm.
Conducted Remotely
Living in New York Area
Have had thoughts of hurting yourself
Compensation Provided
18 Years and Older
Fast Facts
Study Background
Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) includes behaviors such as cutting, burning, and scratching yourself without intending to die.

Research suggests that distress tolerance, an individual’s ability to manage their internal emotional state in response to stress-inducing situations, can prevent NSSI in high-risk groups. However, previous research in this area has largely focused on retrospective reports spanning large periods of time, limiting our ability to understand how distress tolerance might reduce NSSI risk in real-time, in the flow of daily life.

Therefore, the purpose of our current study is to investigate how momentary distress intolerance levels can affect fluctuations in NSSI intensity.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
Our researchers want to learn more about how New Yorkers manage negative emotions through a remote research study.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Inclusion Criteria:
  • Ages 18+
  • Engaging in non-suicidal self-injury 2+ times in the past two weeks
  • 10+ lifetime episodes of non-suicidal self-injury
  • Living in New York City
  • Own a smartphone

Inability to provide informed consent is the only exclusion criteria for the study.
What will happen if I participate in the study?
Our study will be conducted completely remotely.

Our study involves first completing a 1-hour survey online and then taking four short (3 minute) surveys per day for 14 days on your smartphone.
Will I be paid for participating in this research study?
Compensation up to $53 is provided for participation in this study.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in this study.
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