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Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Treatment & clinical psychology
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/42952
Suicidality in adults with autism spectrum disorder: The role of depressive symptomatology, alexithymia, and antidepressants.
English
Pinto Costa, Andreia mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
Loor, Cathia []
Steffgen, Georges mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
14-Mar-2020
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
Suicidality and Self-harm in Autism
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
0162-3257
New York
NY
[en] suicidality ; depression ; alexithymia ; antidepressants ; ASD ; risk factors
[en] People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an increased risk of suicidality. However, the risk factors remain under-investigated. This study explored factors that increase suicidality risk in ASD. Through an online survey, 150 adults with ASD were compared to 189 control adults. Autistic traits, depressive symptomatology, alexithymia, and antidepressant intake were assessed on their contribution predicting suicidality. Among people with ASD, 63% scored above the cutoff for high suicidality risk. Increased autistic traits, depressive symptomatology, and antidepressant intake significantly predicted suicidality. Furthermore, among those with high levels of autistic traits, the risk of suicidality was increased if they also had high levels of alexithymia. These results highlight the importance of considering depression, antidepressants, and alexithymia to prevent suicidality in ASD.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/42952
10.1007/s10803-020-04433-3

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