Understanding offending behaviours and the autism spectrum

  • Katy-Louise Payne

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


High profile cases (e.g., Gary McKinnon) and anecdotal evidence from law enforcement highlighted a potential link between ASD and cyber-dependent offending (i.e., offending that cannot be committed without a computer), yet there is a paucity of empirical research to refute or support this notion. Chapter Five addresses this deficit in two ways: (1) by assessing autistic traits and cyber-deviant behaviour and; (2) identifying reasons for engaging or desisting from cyber-dependent deviancy. The discussion (Chapter Six) interprets and discusses the findings with reference to applicable theory and practical implications, before discussing the limitations and avenues for future research.
Date of Award3 Apr 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorMark Brosnan (Supervisor), Ailsa Russell (Supervisor) & Katie Maras (Supervisor)

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