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Asperger's disorder and criminal behavior: forensic-psychiatric considerations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17032961     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Asperger's Disorder remains an under-diagnosed condition because of clinical unfamiliarity with its adult presentation. As forensic clinicians become familiar with the presentation of Asperger's disorder, it appears that affected individuals are over-represented in forensic criminal settings. Unique features of such persons may heighten their risks for engaging in criminal behavior. Both Theory of Mind deficits and a predilection for intense narrow interests, when coupled with deficient social awareness of salient interpersonal and social constraints on behavior, can result in criminal acts. We discuss comorbidities of forensic relevance. We present several cases that highlight these issues and review the relevant forensic literature. Furthermore, there may be valid questions as to degree of criminal responsibility in such persons. From a neuropsychiatric perspective, these disorders appear to have a biological underpinning for deficits in empathy, a finding that may have important repercussions when assessing remorse in criminal proceedings.
Barbara G Haskins; J Arturo Silva
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1093-6793     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-11     Completed Date:  2007-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708963     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  374-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia, VA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asperger Syndrome / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  physiopathology
Diagnosis, Differential
Forensic Psychiatry*
Middle Aged
Social Responsibility

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