Substance abuse by offenders with mild intellectual disability

McGillivray, Jane and Moore, Megan 2001, Substance abuse by offenders with mild intellectual disability, Journal of intellectual & developmental disability, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 297-310, doi: 10.1080/13668250120087317.

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Title Substance abuse by offenders with mild intellectual disability
Author(s) McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane
Moore, Megan
Journal name Journal of intellectual & developmental disability
Volume number 26
Issue number 4
Start page 297
End page 310
Publisher Carfax Publishing Limited
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2001-12
ISSN 1366-8250
Summary This study compared the rate of self-reported alcohol and other drug use in a sample of 30 young adults with mild intellectual disability whose offending behaviour had resulted in involvement in the criminal justice system, with a matched comparison group of 30 non-offenders. Performance on an alcohol and other drug knowledge test was also compared. The results indicated that many individuals with mild intellectual disability regularly consumed alcohol and used illicit drugs. Furthermore, the data suggest a possible link between substance abuse and offending behaviour in this population. Individuals who had offended reported greater use of both legal and illicit drugs than their non-offending counterparts and many reported that they had been under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs at the time of committing the offence that had resulted in their current placement within the criminal justice system. Although deficits in knowledge were apparent in both groups, the offenders demonstrated greater overall knowledge about alcohol and other drugs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13668250120087317
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Taylor and Francis
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