How was this study conducted?
Researchers revealed that individuals who expressed increased levels of autistic characteristics were more likely to attempt suicide as opposed to others without the traits because they felt they were isolated from society, they experienced depression, and they felt they were a burden to their family and friends. The study, published in the journal Autism Research, involved the participation of 163 young individuals, ages 18-30. Each participant completed an online survey, which involved a series of questions to help determine the level at which they showed characteristics of autism, depression, and suicidal behavior. The characteristics of autism included attention to detail, social and communication difficulties, as well as increased obsessional behavior. The study also assessed each participant’s feelings in relation to suicidal thoughts, such as their beliefs in belonging in the world and their perceived burdensomeness.