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Learning Disabilities and Serious Crime – Sex Offences

Read, Fiona and Read, Elspeth (2009) Learning Disabilities and Serious Crime – Sex Offences. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 6 (1). pp. 37-51. ISSN 1743-6885

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This review paper follows on from two previous reviews of the literature with regard to, firstly, learning disability and murder and, secondly, learning disability and arson. This paper, in turn, examines the relationship, if any, between learning disability and sexual offence.
The approach taken in all these papers involves the concept of Disruptive Behaviour Disorder as being the group of behaviour and personality disorders most involved in the aetiology of these criminal and anti-social behaviours. Disruptive behaviour disorders (Read 2007) comprise:

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Conduct Disorder
Anti-social Personality Disorder
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
(DSM IVR 2001)

The common characteristics of these disorders comprise aggression, irritability, over-activity, high arousal, and repetitive behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2012 09:51
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2018 12:46


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