A Comparison of Referrals With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder to Forensic Intellectual Disability Services

Lindsay, William, Carson, Derek, O'Brien, Gregory, Holland, Anthony, Taylor, John, Wheeler, Jessica and Steptoe, Lesley (2014) A Comparison of Referrals With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder to Forensic Intellectual Disability Services. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21 (6). pp. 947-954. ISSN 1321-8719

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2014.918081

Abstract

Although some authors have suggested that there are higher rates of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in forensic and offending groups, systematic studies have not supported the hypothesis. The present study reviewed 477 referrals made to forensic intellectual disability (ID) services in one calendar year. It was found that 10% of referrals had ASD, a figure similar to the general population of people with ID. Those with ASD had similar patterns of offending to those without but they showed a lower prevalence of contact sexual offences and fewer had been previously charged. We concluded that there is no persuasive evidence that ASD is a risk factor for offending or for any particular type of offending.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asperger's; autism spectrum; intellectual disability; offending
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 14:23
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18388

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