Original Paper

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 748-758

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Offending Behaviour in Adults with Asperger Syndrome

  • David AllenAffiliated withSpecial Projects Team, Bro Morgannwg NHS TrustUniversity of Glamorgan Email author 
  • , Carys EvansAffiliated withSpecial Projects Team, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust
  • , Andrew HiderAffiliated withCaswell Clinic, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust
  • , Sarah HawkinsAffiliated withSpecial Projects Team, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust
  • , Helen PeckettAffiliated withSpecial Projects Team, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust
  • , Hugh MorganAffiliated withAutism Cymru

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Considerable speculation is evident both within the scientific literature and popular media regarding possible links between Asperger syndrome and offending. A survey methodology that utilised quantitative data collection was employed to investigate the prevalence of offending behaviour amongst adults with Asperger Syndrome in a large geographical area of South Wales, UK; qualitative interviews were then conducted with a sub-sample of those identified. A small number of participants meeting the study criteria were identified. For those who had offended, their experience of the criminal justice system was essentially negative. Possible implications of the results were discussed.


Asperger Offending Adults