Learning Disabilities and Serious Crime – Sex Offences

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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.

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Read F. & Read E., (2009) “Learning Disabilities and Serious Crime – Sex Offences”, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice 6(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/mhldrp.2009.6137

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Fiona Read
Elspeth Read

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