Bullying and Autism

A study published in Autism Research found that adolescents on the autism spectrum who were bulled were twice as likely as peers to develop suicidal tendencies over time.

Researchers followed 680 adolescents ages 13 to 18 who are on the autism spectrum receiving mental health services in south London. Teens who were referred for pre-existing suicidal thoughts and behaviors were excluded from the results.

Teens who said they were bullied during the first month of receiving mental health services were twice as likely as other autistic teens to develop suicidal thoughts or behaviors within five years.

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