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© 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. This study explored whether the Interpersonal Theory of suicide informs our understanding of high rates of suicidality in autistic adults. Autistic and non-autistic adults (n = 695, mean age 41.7 years, 58% female) completed an online survey of self-reported thwarted belonging, perceived burden, autistic traits, suicidal capability, trauma, and lifetime suicidality. Autistic people reported stronger feelings of perceived burden, thwarted belonging and more lifetime trauma than non-autistic people. The hypothesised interaction between burdensomeness and thwarted belonging were observed in the non-autistic group but not in the autistic group. In both groups autistic traits influenced suicidality through burdensomeness/thwarted belonging. Promoting self-worth and social inclusion are important for suicide prevention and future research should explore how these are experienced and expressed by autistic people.
Author(s): Pelton MK, Crawford H, Robertson AE, Rodgers J, Baron-Cohen S, Cassidy S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print publication date: 01/10/2020
Online publication date: 03/03/2020
Acceptance date: 02/04/2018
ISSN (print): 0162-3257
ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432
PubMed id: 32125567
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