Crime and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Myths and Mechanisms by Neil Brewer, Robyn Louise Young

By Neil Brewer, Robyn Louise Young

Having Autism Spectrum ailment (ASD) can - given definite situational stipulations - make contributors extra prone to changing into stuck up in criminality and prone to unfavorable interactions as soon as within the felony justice approach.

Guided by means of empirical study, mental idea and illustrative case reports related to adults with ASD who've been implicated in crimes, Robyn L. younger and Neil Brewer clarify why. They research the pivotal cognitive, social and behavioural features particular to ASD (such as susceptible concept of brain, limited pursuits and acute sensory sensitivities) that - separately or in interplay - may perhaps give a contribution to participants changing into considering unlawful actions. They then speak about how those similar features can lead to ongoing useless interplay with the felony justice process. Arguing that the forensic review of people with ASD calls for vast redevelopment to explain the main deficits contributing to felony behaviour, the authors spotlight the necessity for, and fascinating nature of, intervention courses to lessen the felony vulnerability of adults with ASD and to arrange them for interactions with the legal justice procedure. a last part increases a few significant unanswered questions and matters for destiny research.

This e-book should be of immeasurable curiosity to legal justice pros together with probation officials, social employees, medical and forensic psychologists, law enforcement officials, legal professionals and judges, in addition to scholars of those professions.

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Murray et al. (2010) sampled 16,401 only-children born in Britain in 1970 recruited as part of an ongoing longitudinal study to examine early childhood risk factors for the development of conduct problems and criminal behaviour. Participants were followed from birth to 34 years of age, with data collected using medical records, self- and parent- report interviews, questionnaires and various psychometric instruments for assessing ability, psychological well-being and conduct problems. The potential risk factors for conduct problems and criminality that were explored included smoking during pregnancy, birth complications and weight, congenital abnormalities, parental style, death of a parent, marital status, maternal age, maternal depression, family size, family deprivation, neighbourhood wealth, hyper-activity, visual-motor skills and IQ.

But what can we expect in terms of the characteristics of adults with ASD? Under the (new) DSM-5 criteria, adults with ASD can range from severely intellectually disabled to cognitively very able. In other words, measured IQ may span the entire range. , 26% in Chakrabarti and Fombonne, 2001). Obvious sources of the substantial variability in these estimates are variables such as when the study was done and whether IQ measures or adaptive behaviour measures were taken. Persons with ASD but not a comorbid intellectual disability who have a language delay have been referred to as having high-functioning autism (HFA), thus distinguishing them from AS for which there is no language disorder.

Further, life outcomes vary markedly. Some individuals will require lifetime support and care due to limited intellectual capacity and severity of symptoms. For others, the disorder may have limited impact on their daily life and their ability to blend into the community, hold down a job, maintain a relationship – in other words, the disorder may be largely unnoticed (Brugha et al. 2011). , Ballaban-Gil et al. 1996). Although many people with autism are able to hold down jobs, their employment rates are typically low and the positions held are often reported as menial (Ballaban-Gill et al.

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