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Indirect self-destructiveness in studying youth

Konstantinos Tsirigotis, Wojciech Gruszczyński, Agnieszka Koziarska, Marta Tsirigotis-Wołoszczak

Med Sci Tech 2010; 51(1): 53-58

ID: 881245

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Published: 2010-06-01

Introduction: Self-destructive behaviour is defined as a behaviour related to undertaking or abandoning activities consequencing in shortening the life or worsening life quality, also as a voluntary or intentional behaviour, which has distinctly direct or probable negative consequence for the self; behaviours which occur in general healthy population considered as non self-destructive, can also be included to the category of self-destructive behaviours.
The aim of present research is to study the indirect self-destructiveness syndrome in population of studying youth.
Material and methods: Researches were conducted in a population of 558 students. The age of the study population was between 19 and 25, mean age was 22,6. To explore indirect self-destructiveness, the polish version of “Chronic Self-Destructiveness Scale” by Kelley (CS-DS) in Suchanska adaptation was performed.
Results: Indirect Self-Destructiveness index, considered as a generalised tendency, contained in mean rate scores. Among all classes of indirect self-destructive behaviours, the highest scores examined persons gained in Helplessness and Passivity in the face of problems (A5); it means, that we are considered with lack of abilities to deal with troubles, as well as no undertaking activities copying with everyday problems, in spite of awareness of its destructiveness. Transgressive and Risky behaviours (A1) and Carelessness (A3) have a considerable contribute in indirect self-destructiveness prediction in the study population. Factor analysis revealed that all variables are classified in just one factor. Correlation analysis revealed, that there are statistical significant correlations between particular classes of indirect self-destructive behaviour, which means possibility of self-destructive behaviours occurring together; furthermore significant correlation is between active and passive form of indirect self-destructiveness.
Although the intensity of indirect self-destructiveness, as a generalised behavioural tendency, contains in mean rate scores, as a syndrome is internally coherent, its particular manifestations constitute strong predictors, and occurrence of one class behaviour can result in occurrence of the other ones.

Keywords: Indirect self-destructiveness, youth