This chapter considers whether individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are likely to be over-represented in general or particular types of criminal activity, and whether their involvement with the criminal justice system is necessarily linked to the presence of ASD. It examines those social‐cognitive and behavioral characteristics of ASD that we believe, given enabling environmental conditions, are potential risk factors for involvement in criminal activity. The chapter argues that the consequences of the deficits and difficulties that have been identified may, given an unfortunate alignment of environmental conditions, be exaggerated by the individual's repetitive interest or behavior, or by some sensory sensitivity. It is believed that a combination of several characteristics of ASD is likely to heighten the risks associated with internet interactions. The incredible growth in the extent and variety of interactions conducted over the internet has obviously led to an enormous array of problems and incidents for many individuals.
|Title of host publication||The Wiley Handbook of Memory, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the Law|
|Editors||Jonni L Johnson, Gail S Goodman, Peter C Mundy|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons Ltd|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Jun 2018|
- criminal activities