Self-harm and suicidality experiences of middle-age and older adults with vs. without high autistic traits

Stewart, Gavin R.; Corbett, Anne; Ballard, Clive; Creese, Byron; Aarsland, Dag; Hampshire, Adam; Charlton, Rebecca A and Happé, Francesca. 2022. Self-harm and suicidality experiences of middle-age and older adults with vs. without high autistic traits. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, ISSN 0162-3257 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

Suicide has been identified as a leading cause of premature death in autistic populations. Elevated autistic traits have also been associated with higher rates of self-harm, suicidal ideation, and suicidal self-harm in the general population, but this has yet to be examined in older age. Using baseline cross-sectional data from the PROTECT study, middle-age and older adults with high autistic traits (n = 276) had significantly higher rates of suicidal ideation, deliberate self-harm, and suicidal self-harm than an age/sex-matched comparison group (n = 10,495). These differences represented a 5- to 6-fold increase in likelihood for self-harming and suicidality. These findings, which remained when controlling for depression symptoms, suggest that middle-age and older adults with high autistic traits may be particularly at risk of self-harm and suicidal behaviours.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05595-y

Additional Information:

This paper represents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at South London; Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London; National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula; National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Exeter Clinical Research Facility; Economic and Social Research Council via the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

Keywords:

Autistic traits, Older Age, Self-Harm, Suicidality, Suicide

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
27 April 2022Accepted
26 May 2022Published Online

Item ID:

31746

Date Deposited:

28 Apr 2022 07:54

Last Modified:

18 Jun 2022 06:03

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/31746

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