Police and carers' views on reporting alleged offences by people with intellectual disabilities

McBrien, Judith and Murphy, Glynis H. (2006) Police and carers' views on reporting alleged offences by people with intellectual disabilities. Psychology, Crime & Law, 12 (2). pp. 127-144. ISSN 1068-316X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Evidence suggests that care staff have difficulty recognizing offending behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and that they are reluctant to report such behaviour to the police. Whilst there has been speculation as to why there may be such reluctance, there are no empirical studies. In this study, questionnaires using vignettes of fictitious crimes were completed by 80 care staff in residential homes and 65 police officers. The fictitious perpetrators in the vignettes were described either as non-disabled or as having ID. Care staff and police ratings of causal attributions and affect were compared, and the effect of perpetrator status (with or without ID) was also examined. The findings confirmed that care staff are still reluctant to report incidents by people with ID to the police. Carer and police views were generally in accord concerning perpetrators without ID but there were significant differences between groups rating perpetrators with ID

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Intellectual disability, offending, police, care staff
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 15:38
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 13:18
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32247 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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