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18-03-2021 | Original Paper

Pilot Survey: Police Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Auteurs: Audrey Christiansen, Nori M. Minich, Marie Clark

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

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Abstract

This piliot study assessed the experiences of police officers related to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) via a survey assessing prior experience, comfort, knowledge, and ability to identify autistic persons. Fifty-one officers completed the survey: 52.9% reported previous ASD training, 34.8% reported personal experience with ASD, and 56.9% endorsed low overall knowledge of ASD. Officers reported neutral comfort (mean 3.24) and moderate practical knowledge (mean 3.74) [Likert scale 1–5; 5 = highest]. Those with previous training or with personal experience reported higher comfort and knowledge. Those with personal experience were more likely to recognize features of ASD in clinical vignettes. Further study is necessary to understand what additional training about ASD may be helpful to police officers.
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Alleen toegankelijk voor geautoriseerde gebruikers
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Metagegevens
Titel
Pilot Survey: Police Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Auteurs
Audrey Christiansen
Nori M. Minich
Marie Clark
Publicatiedatum
18-03-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-04968-z