Suicidality in Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Commentary

Suicidality in Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Commentary Recent studies report a higher prevalence of suicidality (ideation, attempts and deaths by suicide) among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than in the general population. Unfortunately, there is little research addressing the conceptualization and management of suicidality in the ASD population. In this commentary, we explore potential modifications in the processes leading to suicidality in individuals with ASD and considerations relevant to clinical support and service development. Specifically, based on a multilevel framework, we highlight individual, contextual and systemic risk factors of suicidality in the ASD population noted in the literature. We discuss how patterns of ASD-related behaviours may modify specific pathways in theories of suicide as developed for the general population. We explore how ASD symptomology may contribute to maladaptive coping strategies and dynamics between those with ASD and their care providers. Considerations for prevention and proactive responses at various levels of practice and implications for support and service development are discussed as future directions in the field. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Springer Journals

Suicidality in Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Commentary

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Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Psychiatry; Social Work; Child and School Psychology; Public Health; Neurosciences
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