The importance of identifying vulnerable females and males with autism in the prison environment

Allely, CS ORCID:, Wood, A and Gillberg, C 2018, 'The importance of identifying vulnerable females and males with autism in the prison environment' , in: Access to Justice for Vulnerable People , Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, London, pp. 156-166.

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Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterised by impairments in social reciprocal interactions and communication and by restrictive, repetitive pattern of interests and behaviour (American Psychiatric Association (APA), 2000, 2013). There has been little investigation into the difficulties experienced by individuals with autism when they enter prison. The few studies that have been published suggest the existence of additional difficulties faced by this population within the prison environment. In a recent review of the literature, Allely (2015) identified only four studies that investigated the experience of individuals with autism in the prison environment. All four found that prisoners with autism face a number of difficulties within the prison environment such as poor relationships with prison staff and other inmates. However, to date, these studies have involved case studies or small samples and are predominantly comprising of males with autism.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Cooper, P and Hunting, L
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill
ISBN: 9780854902675
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Depositing User: A Wood
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2019 09:42
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:20

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