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Offenders with Developmental Disabilities

William R. Lindsay (Editor), John L. Taylor (Editor), Peter Sturmey (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-48635-0
384 pages
May 2004
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For over a century, developmental disabilities have been associated with crime in prejudicial and pejorative contexts.

Offenders with Developmental Disabilities provides a balanced, comprehensive review of the prevalence, nature and development of offending by those with intellectual disabilities. Not only does this volume include coverage of evidence-based assessment and treatment ideas, strategies and plans, but also places the field in a historical, legal and ethical context.

William Lindsay, John Taylor and Peter Sturmey have brought together a wealth of contributors from differing backgrounds to share new material and knowledge of assessments, treatment, and service issues in a single volume. Divided into five parts, Part I opens with theoretical issues; Part II deals with legal and services contexts including ethical concerns; Part III considers risk assessment, general assessment and approaches to evaluation; Part IV addresses specific issues of sexual offending, anger and aggression, fire raising, dual diagnosis, female offenders and personality disorder; Part V concludes with service development, professional and research issues.

Forensic practitioners and students from psychology and psychiatry, lawyers and advocates, nurses and social workers will all find this comprehensive and practical book an inspiration in taking this field forward.
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Table of Contents

About the Editors page.

List of Contributors.

Series Editors’ Preface.



1. Natural history and theories of offending in people with developmental disabilities (William R. Lindsay, Peter Sturmey and John L. Taylor).

2. Criminal behaviour and developmental disability: an epidemiological perspective (Anthony J. Holland).


3. Legal issues (George S. Baroff, Michael Gunn and Susan Hayes).

4. Pathways for offenders with intellectual disabilities (Susan Hayes).

5. How can services become more ethical? (Jennifer Clegg).


6. The assessment of individuals with developmental disabilities who commit criminal offenses (Edwin J. Mikkelsen).

7. Risk assessment and management in community settings (Vernon L. Quinsey).

8. Approaches to the evaluation of outcomes (Nigel Beail).


9. Sex offenders: conceptualisation of the issues, services, treatment and management (William R. Lindsay).

10. Treatment of sexually aggressive behaviours in community and secure settings (Michael C. Clark, Jay Rider, Frank Caparulo and Mark Steege).

11. Treatment of anger and aggression (John L. Taylor, Raymond W. Novaco, Bruce T. Gillmer and Alison Robertson).

12. Treatment of fire-setting behaviour (John L. Taylor, Ian Thorne and Michael L. Slavkin).

13. Offenders with dual diagnosis (Anne H.W. Smith and Gregory O’Brien).

14. Female offenders or alleged offenders with developmental disabilities: a critical overview (Kathleen Kendall).

15. The relationship of offending behaviour and personality disorder in people with developmental disabilities (Andrew H. Reid, William R. Lindsay, Jacqueline Law and Peter Sturmey).


16. Staff support and development (Anthony F. Perini).

17. Research and development (Peter Sturmey, John L. Taylor and William R. Lindsay).


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Author Information

William R. Lindsay,PhD, Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist, The State Hospital, Carstairs; Head of Clinical Psychology (Intellectual Disability) NHS Tayside & Chair of Learning Disabilities, University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, UK
Bill Lindsay is Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist at the State Hospital, Head of Clinical Psychology (Learning Disabilities) in Tayside and Professor of Learning Disabilities at the University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland. He is a practicing clinician, has over 150 publications, and has directed several major research projects.

John L.Taylor, DPsychol, Head of Psychological Therapies&Research and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust, Northumberland & Principal Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist, John Taylor has worked mainly in developmental disability and forensic services in community, medium secure, special hospital and prison settings in the UK. In recent years he has published work related to his research interests in assessment and treatment of offenders with developmental disabilities in a range of research and professional journals.

Peter Sturmey, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York & Research Associate at the Institute for Basic Research, Staten Island, USA
Peter Sturmey has published widely on intellectual disabilities, especially in the areas of challenging behaviours, functional assessment, dual diagnosis and staff training.
His current research interests include restraint reduction, client preferences for staff members, mood disorders and dissemination of behavioural technology.

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"...a publication which is long overdue...a comprehensive overview...a consistently well written and invaluable reference text..." (Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, Vol 18 05)
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