Examining the relationship between autism traits and sleep duration as predictors of suicidality
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of Warwick
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AbstractShort sleep duration is a known risk factor for suicidality in the general population, yet it is unclear how short sleep interacts with autism traits in predicting suicidality. In this cross-sectional online study, a general population sample (N = 650) completed measures assessing autism traits, suicidal ideation, and sleep duration. Moderated hierarchical regressions demonstrated that higher autism traits and shorter sleep were independent predictors of increased suicide ideation. However, sleep duration did not significantly moderate the autism trait to suicide ideation relationship. Future work should explore this relationship longitudinally using objective measures before intervention work to increase sleep duration in those with elevated autism traits be consider.
CitationHochard, K., Pendrous, R., Mari, T. & Flynn, A. (2020). Examining the relationship between autism traits and sleep duration as predictors of suicidality. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
DescriptionThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04405-7
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