A comparison of referrals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder to forensic intellectual disability services

Lindsay, William R., Carson, Derek, O'Brien, Gregory, Holland, Anthony J., Taylor, John L., Wheeler, Jessica R. 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: 947-954. doi:10.1080/13218719.2014.918081


Author Lindsay, William R.
Carson, Derek
O'Brien, Gregory
Holland, Anthony J.
Taylor, John L.
Wheeler, Jessica R.
Steptoe, Lesley
Title A comparison of referrals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder to forensic intellectual disability services
Journal name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Publication date 2014-07-24
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2014.918081
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 6
Start page 947
End page 954
Total pages 8
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
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.
Keyword Intellectual disability
Autism spectrum
Asperger's
Offending
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ)
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