Elsevier reports on a research study which has found that a diagnosis of autism by itself is not associated with an increased risk of violent behaviour.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is the largest of its kind and used records from the Swedish National Crime Register to track offenders aged between 17 and 25. The results showed that diagnosis of additional conditions such as ADHD and conduct disorder were likely predictors of violent behaviour in autistic people. It also found that alcohol and substance misuse were also more likely to be linked to violent behaviour.
The researchers suggest that autism service providers should be identifying and offering support for co-occuring conditions such as ADHD, as well as autism.
Do the results of this research tally with your own experience within the criminal justice system?