Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 748–758 | Cite as

Offending Behaviour in Adults with Asperger Syndrome

  • David AllenEmail author
  • Carys Evans
  • Andrew Hider
  • Sarah Hawkins
  • Helen Peckett
  • Hugh Morgan
Original Paper


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 



Our sincere thanks are due to the service users and informants who took part in the study, and to Autism Cymru, who funded the research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Allen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Carys Evans
    • 1
  • Andrew Hider
    • 3
  • Sarah Hawkins
    • 1
  • Helen Peckett
    • 1
  • Hugh Morgan
    • 4
  1. 1.Special Projects TeamBro Morgannwg NHS TrustCardiffUK
  2. 2.University of GlamorganPontypriddUK
  3. 3.Caswell ClinicBro Morgannwg NHS TrustBridgendUK
  4. 4.Autism CymruAberystwythUK

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