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

William R. Lindsay*, Derek Carson, Gregory O'Brien, Anthony J. Holland, John L. Taylor, Jessica R. Wheeler, Lesley Steptoe

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)947-954
    Number of pages8
    JournalPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
    Volume21
    Issue number6
    Early online date24 Jul 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Asperger's
    • Intellectual disability
    • Autism spectrum
    • Offending

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