Understanding and treating offenders with learning disabilities: a review of recent developments

Taylor, John and Lindsay, William (2010) Understanding and treating offenders with learning disabilities: a review of recent developments. Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 1 (1). pp. 5-16. ISSN 2042-0927

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5042/jldob.2010.0173


De-institutionalisation and resettlement have had a significant impact on offenders with learning disabilities (LD) who are now more visible in the wider community than before. Perhaps because of the challenges presented by people who were previously contained in institutions, there has been a growth of interest in their characteristics, the services and clinical interventions required to support them. This narrative review presents and discusses recent developments concerning offenders with LD. It looks at the historical association between crime and low intelligence, and then examines the evidence concerning the prevalence of offending by people with LD and recidivism rates. Recent research concerning service pathways for this population is summarised and progress in the development of actuarial, dynamic and clinical assessments of the future risk of offending is outlined. The second half of the paper focuses on a review of the evidence for and recent developments in the treatment of offending behaviour (anger/aggression, sexual offending and fire-setting), utilising broadly cognitive behaviourally-based approaches. Finally, future directions for research and practice innovation are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: evidence, intellectual disabilities, learning disability, management, treatment
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2010 14:58
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 14:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2781

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