Sexual offending and autism spectrum disorders

Allely, CS ORCID: and Creaby-Attwood, A 2016, 'Sexual offending and autism spectrum disorders' , Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 7 (1) , pp. 35-51.

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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 this paper 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 Behavioural 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
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2050-8824
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: CS Allely
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 10:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 20:37

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