Sex offenders with intellectual disabilities and their academic observers: popular methodologies and research interests
Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2012
© 2012 The Author. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd, MENCAP & IASSIDD
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Special Issue: Mental Health and Intellectual Disability: XXIXIII
Volume 58, Issue 2, pages 189–197, February 2014
How to Cite
Hollomotz, A. (2014), Sex offenders with intellectual disabilities and their academic observers: popular methodologies and research interests. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58: 189–197. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01644.x
- Issue online: 17 DEC 2013
- Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 SEP 2012
- inclusive research;
- learning difficulties;
- learning disabilities;
- research ethics;
- sex offending;
- sexually challenging behaviour
Over the past two decades, disability activists and scholars have developed research paradigms that aim to place (some of the) control over the research process in the hands of disabled people. This paper discusses the appropriateness of applying such paradigms to sex offenders with intellectual disabilities (ID). It exposes to what extent current research about this population is affected by these developments.
A content analysis of a sample of 80 articles across 20 academic journals was carried out. This recorded the data collection methods used, to what extent the views of people with ID were represented, subject affiliations of the authors and the subject matter discussed.
Few studies make sense of the personal accounts of this population. Social scientists have mostly not engaged in this area of research, which results in significant gaps in knowledge.
We currently know little about the subjectivity of sex offenders with ID. Research that seeks to explore this may enhance our understanding of this population and thus contribute towards the effectiveness of preventative work and risk management.