Autism behind bars : a review of the research literature and discussion of key issues

Robertson, Caitlin E. and McGillivray, Jane A. 2015, Autism behind bars : a review of the research literature and discussion of key issues, Journal of forensic psychiatry and psychology, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 719-736, doi: 10.1080/14789949.2015.1062994.

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Title Autism behind bars : a review of the research literature and discussion of key issues
Author(s) Robertson, Caitlin E.
McGillivray, Jane A.ORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane A.
Journal name Journal of forensic psychiatry and psychology
Volume number 26
Issue number 6
Start page 719
End page 736
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1478-9949
Keyword(s) prison
Summary Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience difficulties coping at all levels of involvement in the criminal justice system. Questions remain, however, regarding the presence and type of difficulties faced by individuals with ASD in the context of incarceration within prison settings. Despite the potential impact for community safety and concerns regarding justice, these issues have received very little academic attention. The research that does exist is generally limited by poor methodology and small sample sizes. The current paper provides a brief review and discussion of the limited extant literature regarding the experiences of prisoners with ASD with the view to summarising areas of difficulties potentially faced by such individuals. It is hoped that this brief review may highlight the need for academic attention in order to inform practice and policy regarding the criminal justice response to this potentially vulnerable population.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14789949.2015.1062994
Field of Research 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
1701 Psychology
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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