A multi-centre study of adults with learning disabilities referred to services for antisocial or offending behaviour: demographic, individual, offending and service characteristics

O'Brien, Gregory, Carson, Derek, Holland, Anthony, Lindsay, William, Middleton, Claire, Price, Karen, Steptoe, Lesley, Taylor, John and Wheeler, Jessica (2010) A multi-centre study of adults with learning disabilities referred to services for antisocial or offending behaviour: demographic, individual, offending and service characteristics. Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 1 (2). pp. 5-15. ISSN 2042-0927

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Abstract

This study was carried out as part of a larger study commissioned by the UK Department of Health to investigate the service pathways for offenders with learning disabilities (LD). The study covered three health regions in the UK and included 477 people with LD referred to services because of antisocial or offending behaviour during a 12-month period. Data were collected concerning demographic, individual, offending behaviour and service characteristics. The findings of the study are broadly consistent with contemporary research concerning this population, particularly in relation to the nature and frequency of offending, history of offending, psychopathology, age and gender distribution. However, very few of those referred had any form of structured care plan, despite having significant offending histories, and this may have compromised early identification of their needs and communication between the health, social and other services involved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: demography, developmental history, health, intellectual disabilities, learning disability, offending behaviour, Referrals
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
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: 21 Jan 2010 08:59
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 11:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/276

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