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Police Response to Developmental Disability

Police Response to Developmental Disability

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Title: Police Response to Developmental Disability
Author: Salerno, Alisha Carmela
Abstract: Individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) are at considerable risk for encounters with the criminal justice system. This study examined the experiences and perceptions of people with DD, and caregivers of people with DD, in relation to their interactions with the police. Ninety-one participants (n=25 people with DD & n=66 caregivers of persons with DD) completed a survey that probed their experiences with police. Findings paint a detailed picture of police encounters amongst individuals with DD. Three-quarters of the sample reported at least one police interaction in their lifetime. Individuals with police involvement were more likely to be older, not living with their parents, have mental health issues, and were more likely to have a mild (compared to a severe) impairment. Participants with DD described different types of encounters compared to the caregivers, and perceived these interactions much differently. Findings suggest that those with a less apparent DD may be at greater risk of an adverse encounter with the police.
Subject: Social psychology
Keywords: Forensic implications of developmental disability
Police interactions
Police and developmental disability
Autism and police
Fasd and police
Police encounters
Intellectual disability
Policing and disability
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/34407
Supervisor: Schuller, Regina
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Psychology(Functional Area: Social and Personality)
Exam date: 2017-09-19
Publish on: 2018-03-01

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