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Heterogeneity within Autism Spectrum Disorder in Forensic Mental Health: The Introduction of Typologies

Alexander, Regi T., Langdon, Peter E., Chester, Verity, Barnoux, Magali, Gunaratna, Ignatius, Hoare, Sudeep (2016) Heterogeneity within Autism Spectrum Disorder in Forensic Mental Health: The Introduction of Typologies. Advances in Autism, 2 (4). pp. 201-209. ISSN 2056-3868. (doi:10.1108/AIA-08-2016-0021) (KAR id:56761)

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Abstract

Purpose: Individuals with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) within criminal justice settings are a highly heterogeneous group. Although studies have examined differences between those with and without ASD in such settings, there has been no examination of differences within the ASD group.

Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on the findings of a service evaluation project, this paper introduces a typology of ASD within forensic mental health and learning disability settings.

Findings: The eight sub-types that are described draw on clinical variables including psychopathy, psychosis and intensity/ frequency of problem behaviours that co-occur with

provide prognostic information about length of stay. Further research to refine and validate the typology is ongoing.

Originality/value: This paper introduces a novel, typology based approach which aims to better serve people with ASD within criminal justice settings.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/AIA-08-2016-0021
Uncontrolled keywords: Intellectual disability, forensic, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism spectrum condition, mental disorder, behavioural phenotypes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2016 13:58 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56761 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Barnoux, Magali: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7921-8819
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