Cats and autistic people: scoping out the purrfect pair?

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KCL Masters student Lily Zhang considers a scoping review on the positive impacts of cat ownership in autistic adults and children, which helps to carve out a path for further research in this field.

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A triple empathy problem? Exploring barriers to accessing healthcare for autistic adults

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Hannah Wallace summarises a qualitative study exploring the ‘triple empathy problem’ among autistic adults attempting to access healthcare, and how this can contribute to adverse outcomes.

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How creativity unlocks understanding: exploring qualitative research methods with neurodivergent children

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In her debut blog, Tamara Pemovska summarises Lewis et al.’s 2023 paper on the pros and cons of creative qualitative research methods with autistic pupils.

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Suicide prevention for autistic people: the importance of belonging, mental health and movement

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Shania Lorenz summarises a recent network analysis on the complex pathways to suicide and suicidal thoughts among autistic people, which may include a lack of caring and supportive friends, feeling like an outsider, movement differences like restlessness, and mental health problems like anxiety.

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Multiracial young adults at higher risk of mental illness compared to their monoracial counterparts, according to US university research

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Andie Ashdown summarises a cross-sectional study exploring mental health disparities between multiracial and monoracial young people in the United States.

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Climate change and mental health: what do we know, and what don’t we know?

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Peter Coventry examines a big new umbrella review which signals the need for robust assessment and quantification of the mental health impacts of climate change.

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Prevalence of autism and autistic traits in those who died by suicide

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Shania Lorenz examines a recent mixed-methods study, which suggests that, in England, people with autism or autistic traits have a higher risk of suicide compared to the general population.

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What’s the link between neurodevelopmental or mental disorders and school absence or exclusion?

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Chris Fielding summarises a Welsh cohort study which finds that neurodevelopmental and mental disorders are linked to school absenteeism and exclusion.

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Youth mental health interventions: umbrella review presents efficacy and acceptability data

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In his debut blog, Nick Meader tackles a huge umbrella review of youth mental health interventions, which presents the efficacy and acceptability of 72 different approaches to help children and young people.

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Self-harm in autistic people: meta-analysis confirms higher risk compared to non-autistic people

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In her debut blog, Mirabel Pelton summarises a systematic review finding that autistic people are at 3-fold greater risk of self-harm compared to non-autistic people.

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