The clinical utility of social information processing theory in assessing and treating offenders with autism spectrum disorder

Verity Chester (Partnerships in Care Learning Disability Services, Norfolk, UK)
Peter E. Langdon (Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK) (The Broadland Clinic, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk, UK)

Advances in Autism

ISSN: 2056-3868

Publication date: 3 October 2016

Abstract

Purpose

Social deficits are central within conceptualisations of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and separately linked to offending behaviour. Social problem-solving interventions are often used with offenders, but little research has examined the social information processing (SIP) skills of individuals with ASD and a history of criminal offending behaviours. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

This conceptual paper will introduce the SIP model, review SIP research as applied to those with ASD and in forensic populations, and further consider the relevance to the assessment and treatment of offenders with ASD.

Findings

Difficulties in all areas of the SIP model are noted in ASD and research suggests these difficulties may be directly linked to behaviour.

Practical implications

It is possible that identifying SIP abilities and deficits could improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes for this group.

Originality/value

This paper reviews the utility of social information models in the offending behaviour of people with ASD.

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Citation

Chester, V. and Langdon, P. (2016), "The clinical utility of social information processing theory in assessing and treating offenders with autism spectrum disorder", Advances in Autism, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 154-171. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-07-2016-0019

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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