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Autism spectrum conditions and offending: an introduction to the special edition

Eddie Chaplin (Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK and Research and Strategy Lead at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)
Jane McCarthy (Clinical Director at St Andrew's Healthcare, Mansfield, UK and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK)
Lisa Underwood (Post‐doctoral research worker at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, 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 an overview of the issues from studies that have tried to estimate rates of offending.

Design/methodology/approach

Brief review.

Findings

There is currently no consensus on the prevalence of people with autism spectrum conditions who offend, due to the limited evidence base. It is also difficult to generalise findings across the criminal justice system and secure services.

Originality/value

This paper brings together a summary of key studies that have estimated the numbers of offenders with autism spectrum conditions over the last 30 years.

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Citation

Chaplin, E., McCarthy, J. and Underwood, L. (2013), "Autism spectrum conditions and offending: an introduction to the special edition", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 4 No. 1/2, pp. 5-8. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-05-2013-0012

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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