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ItemNo Preview AvailableA Mixed Methods Study of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Mental Health Service Access during COVID-19, of Autistic Adults in Australia. Panel: Challenges and Resilience: Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Autistic Individuals and Their Families across the LifespanHedley, D ; Denney, K ; Uljarevic, M ; Hayward, S ; Stokes, M (International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, 2022)
ItemDevelopment of the Suicide Ideation Attributes Scale-Modified (SIDAS-M) for autistic adultsHedley, D ; Batterham, P ; Gallagher, E ; Denney, K ; Hayward, S ; Uljarević, M ; Bury, S ; Clapperton, A ; Robinson, J ; Trollor, J ; Stokes, M (INSAR, 2021)There are currently few instruments specifically designed or adapted to assess suicide risk in the autistic population. The Suicidal Ideation Attributes Scale (SIDAS) is a 5-item assessment of suicidal ideation that is commonly used and well-validated in suicide research. Unlike other instruments that primarily assess past suicidal behavior (e.g., Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised; SBQ-R), SIDAS focuses on recent (4-week) ideation making it useful for identifying current risk. SIDAS demonstrates a single factor, good internal consistency, and convergent validity. In addition to strong psychometric properties, its clear questions and straightforward design make it a strong candidate for suicide risk assessment in the autistic population. Therefore, we followed current gold-standard recommendations for measurement development and modification, as well as coproduction with autistic people, to derive and validate a modified version of the instrument (SIDAS-M) specifically adapted for use with autistic adults with a diverse range of abilities.