Previously published as: Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
Online from: 2010
Subject Area: Health and Social Care
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|Title:||Autism spectrum disorders and offending|
|Author(s):||Santhana Gunasekaran, (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist based at St Andrew's Healthcare Nottinghamshire, UK), Eddie Chaplin, (Research and Strategy Lead for the Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group based at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)|
|Citation:||Santhana Gunasekaran, Eddie Chaplin, (2012) "Autism spectrum disorders and offending", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 6 Iss: 6, pp.308 - 313|
|Keywords:||Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Media reporting, Offending, Prevalence, Risk|
|Article type:||General review|
|DOI:||10.1108/20441281211285955 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper seeks to offer a general review of offending and autism spectrum disorders from both the authors' perception of the media portrayal and the current evidence based research.
Design/methodology/approach – The authors undertook a review of the current literature relating to autism spectrum disorders and offending and commented on current media reporting to try and offer a balance.
Findings – Recent evidence suggests that there is unlikely to be an increased prevalence compared to the general population, but the presence of co-morbidities may increase the risk of violence.
Originality/value – The paper offers a succinct overview of the current evidence base relating to autism spectrum disorders and offending.
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