Perceived credibility of autistic witnesses and the effect of diagnostic information on credibility ratings 2013-2018



One-hundred-and-twenty-five mock jurors rated the credibility of video testimony of 17 autistic and 17 TD witness participants recalling an event. Half of the juror participants were informed that some of the witnesses were autistic and were provided with information about autism; the other half received no information about witnesses’ diagnoses.

Results indicate that disclosing one’s autism diagnosis (alongside further information about autism) may result in a positive bias in terms of witnesses’ perceived credibility. Implications for jury instructions and future research directions are discussed.
Date made available20 Aug 2019
PublisherUK Data Service
Date of data production1 Jan 2013 - 1 Feb 2018
Geographical coverageSouth East England , United Kingdom

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