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Neurodevelopmental impairments resulting from Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can increase the likelihood of justice system involvement. This study compared offence characteristics in young people with FASD to demographically matched controls (n = 500) in Western Australia. A novel approach (i.e. association rule mining) was adopted to uncover relationships between personal attributes and offence characteristics. For FASD participants (n = 100), file records were reviewed retrospectively. Mean age of the total sample was 15.60 years (range = 10-24), with 82% males and 88% Australian Aboriginal. After controlling for demographic factors, regression analyses showed FASD participants were more likely than controls to be charged with reckless driving (odds ratio, OR = 4.20), breach of bail/community orders (OR = 3.19), property damage (OR = 1.84), and disorderly behaviour (OR = 1.54). Overall, our findings suggest justice-involved individuals with FASD have unique offending profiles. These results have implications for sentencing, diversionary/crime prevention programs and interventions.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Psychiatry, Psychology and Law|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2022|
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An Exploration of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Offending Behaviour and Risk Factors of Justice System Involvement in Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum DisorderTan, K. Y., 2023, (Unpublished) 247 p.
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