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Title: Brief report: the sexual and physical abuse histories of offenders with intellectual disability
Authors: Lindsay, William R.
Steptoe, Lesley
Haut, F.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Child sex abuse
Female offenders
Intellectual disability
Male offenders
Physical abuse
Issue Date: Mar-2012
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Blackwell Publishing, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01428.x. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Citation: Lindsay, W., Steptoe, L. and Haut, F. 2012. Brief report: the sexual and physical abuse histories of offenders with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 56(3): pp.326-331. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01428.x
Abstract: Background Some studies have found higher rates of childhood sexual abuse in sex offenders while others have failed to find such relationships. Method This study reviews the sexual and physical abuse histories of 156 male sex offenders with intellectual disability (ID), 126 non-sexual male offenders with ID and 27 female offenders with ID. Results Sexual offenders reported a higher rate of sexual abuse in childhood than non-sexual male offenders (32.6% vs. 17.8%), while the opposite was true for non-accidental injury (16.0% vs. 32.5%). Female offenders reported the highest rates of sexual abuse in childhood (59.3%). Conclusions Some specificity of childhood abuse was evident in the male cohorts suggesting limited evidence of a developmental pathway to offending, while the women were a group highly vulnerable to all forms of abuse.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1201
ISSN: 0964-2633
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