The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide in Autistic and Non-autistic Adults, 2019

Pelton, Mirabel and Crawford, Hayley and Robertson, Ashley and Bul, Kim and Rodgers, Jacqui and Baron-Cohen, Simon and Cassidy, Sarah (2023). The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide in Autistic and Non-autistic Adults, 2019. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-856639

Autistic adults die more often by suicide than people who are not autistic and there is an absence of effective support for autistic people who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviours. One limiting factor is a lack of theoretically driven research to provide detailed insight into mechanisms driving suicide amongst autistic people. One research priority identified by the autism community is to explore the extent to which existing models of suicide describe the experiences of autistic people. Thus, this set of studies aims to explore this with reference to the most widely cited suicide theory, the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (Joiner 2005).

Data description (abstract)

This dataset comprises 752 participant records of autistic, possibly autistic and non-autistic people who were invited via online survey to complete measures of thwarted belonging and perceived burdensomeness (the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire-10), suicidal capability (the Acquired Capability for Suicide Scale-Fearlessness About Death), lifetime trauma (the Vulnerabilities Experience Quotient), anxiety (Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7) and depression (Patient Healthcare Questionnaire-9) with demographic data including age, gender identity, living and employment status, other neurodevelopmental conditions and mental health difficulties.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Pelton Mirabel Coventry University
Crawford Hayley University of Warwick
Robertson Ashley University of Glasgow
Bul Kim Coventry University
Rodgers Jacqui Newcastle University
Baron-Cohen Simon University of Cambridge
Cassidy Sarah University of Nottingham
Sponsors: Coventry University
Topic classification: Psychology
Project title: Understanding Suicide in autistic adults: comparing the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide in autistic and non-autistic adults
Grant holders: Mirabel Pelton
Project dates:
18 September 201731 October 2023
Date published: 30 Aug 2023 11:23
Last modified: 30 Aug 2023 11:23

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