11. Formulating Offending Behavior with People with Mild Learning Disabilities

  1. Peter Sturmey2 and
  2. Mary McMurran3
  1. William R. Lindsay

Published Online: 24 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch11

Forensic Case Formulation

Forensic Case Formulation

How to Cite

Lindsay, W. R. (2011) Formulating Offending Behavior with People with Mild Learning Disabilities, in Forensic Case Formulation (eds P. Sturmey and M. McMurran), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Queens College and City University, New York, USA

  2. 3

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Abertay, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin4 and
  2. Mary McMurran3

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 4

    School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683958

Online ISBN: 9781119977018



  • formulating offending behavior with people - with mild learning disabilities;
  • Cohen, that boys entering delinquency - conform to expectations of their delinquent subculture;
  • Hirschi, and control theory notions - positive learning of criminal behaviors, criminal peers;
  • theories of sex offending - formulation for a sex offender with Intellectual Disabilities (ID);
  • developmental adversity, physical or sexual abuse - oppressive parenting, teenage males developing poor skills for coping with social changes;
  • evidence supporting motivational factors - from theory on mainstream offending;
  • support for Counterfeit Deviance Hypothesis - Ward and Hudson (1998) self-regulation pathways model;
  • concept of threat threshold - in relation to Counterfeit Deviance Hypothesis;
  • formulation, involving predisposing - and precipitating/proximal factors, four response channels and feedback loop


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological Research and Sociological Theories

  • Theories of Sex Offending

  • A Theoretical Context for Treatment in Sex Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities

  • Case Study

  • Conclusions

  • References