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Medium secure care: forensic aspects of autism and Asperger's syndrome

Elizabeth Barkham (Forensic Psychologist at St Andrew's Healthcare, Mansfield, UK)
Santhana Gunasekaran (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at St Andrew's Healthcare, Mansfield, UK)
Caroline Lovelock (Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist at St Andrew's Healthcare, Mansfield, UK)

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour

ISSN: 2050-8824

Article publication date: 1 January 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer a general review of care for individuals on the autism spectrum, including Asperger's syndrome within a medium secure setting.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors undertook a review of the current literature relating to pathways to care, offending characteristics and treatment interventions. They examined the available evidence and current practice.

Findings

Available evidence suggests offending characteristics of individuals with autism are different to those of mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Limited evidence in treatment interventions and in risk management for those with autism presents a challenge to clinicians. The heterogeneity makes a strong case for an individualised case formulation approach to treatment and risk management.

Originality/value

This paper offers an overview of the current evidence base relating to the treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders within medium secure settings.

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Citation

Barkham, E., Gunasekaran, S. and Lovelock, C. (2013), "Medium secure care: forensic aspects of autism and Asperger's syndrome", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 4 No. 1/2, pp. 9-16. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-02-2013-0005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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