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Suicide and Autism: A Lifespan Perspective

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posted on 2023-07-31, 00:20 authored by D Hedley, SM Hayward, A Clarke, M Uljarević, Mark StokesMark Stokes
People who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are at increased risk of suicidal behaviour compared to the general population; recent population-based studies demonstrate a three- to sevenfold increased risk of premature death by suicide. This chapter provides an overview of: (a) the current literature regarding risk and prevalence of suicide behaviour in autism; (b) the role of intellectual disability/intellectual developmental disorder in suicide in autism; (c) correlates, risk and protective factors; (d) dimensional constructs of suicide, including autistic traits; (e) current approaches to suicide assessment, including potential modifications; and (f) suicide prevention and service access. We consider these topics by drawing on state-of-the-art research, the perspective of lived experience, and consideration of the potential impacts of major events such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

History

Chapter number

3

Pagination

59-94

ISBN-13

9783030986964

Edition

1

Language

English

Extent

18

Editor/Contributor(s)

Stancliffe RJ, Wiese MY, McCallion P, McCarron M

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

Place of publication

Cham, Switzerland

Title of book

End of Life and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability: Contemporary Issues, Challenges, Experiences and Practice