Journal article

The association between COVID-19, personal wellbeing, depression, and suicide risk factors in Australian autistic adults

Darren Hedley, Susan M Hayward, Kathleen Denney, Mirko Uljarevic, Simon Bury, Ensu Sahin, Claire M Brown, Angela Clapperton, Cheryl Dissanayake, Jo Robinson, Julian Trollor, Mark A Stokes

AUTISM RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of the world's population, with particularly negative effects on vulnerable populations, including autistic people. Although some consensus regarding specific impact on aspects of wellbeing and mental health in autism is starting to emerge, it is unclear whether the pandemic has increased suicide risk. The goals of this study were to examine (a) potential associations between COVID-19 impact and depression, personal wellbeing, and suicide risk factors in Australian autistic adults and (b) age and gender effects. The COVID-19 Impact Scale (CIS), Personal Wellbeing Index, Patient Health Questionnaire, and the..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Australian Research Council, Grant/Award Number: Discovery Early Career Researcher Award/DE180100; National Health and Medical Research Council, Grant/Award Number: Career Development Fellowship/APP1142348; Suicide Prevention Australia, Grant/Award Number: National Suicide Prevention Research Fellowship; University of Melbourne, Grant/Award Number: Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship; Untapped Holdings