Diagnostic information and adversity in childhood for offenders with learning disabilities referred to and accepted into forensic services

Lindsay, William, Holland, Anthony, Taylor, John, Michie, Amanda, Bambrick, Marie, O'Brien, Gregory, Carson, Derek, Steptoe, Lesley, Middleton, Claire, Price, Karen and Wheeler, Jessica (2009) Diagnostic information and adversity in childhood for offenders with learning disabilities referred to and accepted into forensic services. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 3 (4). pp. 19-24. ISSN 2044-1282

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17530180200900035

Abstract

Several studies have related diagnostic information and adversity in childhood to criminal careers and risk of recidivism. Notably, ADHD and conduct disorder in childhood, schizophrenia, sexual abuse and physical abuse have been associated with offences in adulthood. This study investigates these variables in relation to large cohorts of offenders with learning disabilities. A case note review was undertaken for 126 individuals referred but not accepted into forensic learning disability services and 197 individuals accepted for such services. Results are reported on diagnostic information and experience of adversity in childhood. ADHD/conduct disorder featured prominently in both groups. Autistic spectrum disorders were not particularly over-represented. For adversity in childhood, general socioeconomic deprivation featured prominently in both groups. This also increased significantly for those accepted into services. Sexual abuse and non-accidental injury were featured at around 13-20% for both groups. These results are broadly consistent with the mainstream literature on offending, ADHD/conduct disorder and general deprivation featuring significantly in all groups and rising for those accepted into offender services. It is important to deal with these aspects during assessment and to provide appropriate psychotherapeutic services for these individuals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2010 14:57
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2455

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