The Buffering Hypothesis of Suicide Risk in Young Autistic Adults: Does Mental Wellbeing Buffer the Effect of Depression on Suicidal Ideation?
Autistic people are at significantly increased risk of suicide, yet few studies have examined resilience factors in this population. In general populations wellbeing can moderate the effects of depression on suicidal ideation, thereby mitigating the impact of this risk factor. Additionally, while some studies have demonstrated a relationship between autistic traits and suicide risk, results are mixed and no studies to date have examined the relationship over time.
Hedley, D., den Houting, J., Hayward, S., Uljarević, M., Bury, S., Lawson, L., Clapperton, A., Haschek, A., Dissanayake, C., Robinson, J., Trollor, J. & Stokes, M. (2021). The Buffering Hypothesis of Suicide Risk in Young Autistic Adults: Does Mental Wellbeing Buffer the Effect of Depression on Suicidal Ideation? [Poster]. International Society for Autism Research 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, 3 May. International Society for Autism Research.