Sexual offending and autism spectrum disorders

Allely, Clare and Creaby-Attwood, Ann (2016) Sexual offending and autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 7 (1). pp. 35-51. ISSN 2050-8824

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Purpose - Studies have found innate vulnerabilities which potentially may increase the risk of an individual with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) finding themselves involved with the criminal justice system as a result of being charged with a sexual offence. The purpose of the present review is to evaluate the literature which has explored sexual offending in individuals with ASD.

Design/methodology/approach - A systematic PRISMA review (PRISMA, Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) was conducted using internet-based bibliographic databases (PsycINFO, MEDLINE, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection and PsycARTICLES) in order to access studies which investigated to any degree the association between ASD and sexual offending.

Findings - Only a small number of case reports (N = 7) on sexual offending in individuals with ASD and a small number of prevalence studies (N = 7) were identified.

Research limitations/implications - Research is urgently required to identify the specific requirements and needs of sexual offenders with ASD in order to inform an appropriate treatment strategy for successful outcomes.

Originality/value - Relatively few studies and reviews have investigated the area of ASD and sexual offending specifically.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexual offending, Sexual offences, ASD, Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger, AS
Subjects: L500 Social Work
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2016 08:59
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 22:17

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