ERIC Number: EJ1042865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 143
Eyewitness Testimony in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Review
Maras, Katie L.; Bowler, Dermot M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n11 p2682-2697 Nov 2014
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect around 1% of the population, and is characterised by impairments in social interaction, communication, and behavioural flexibility. A number of risk factors indicate that individuals with ASD may become victims or witnesses of crimes. In addition to their social and communication deficits, people with ASD also have very specific memory problems, which impacts on their abilities to recall eyewitnessed events. We begin this review with an overview of the memory difficulties that are experienced by individuals with ASD, before discussing the studies that have specifically examined eyewitness testimony in this group and the implications for investigative practice. Finally, we outline related areas that would be particularly fruitful for future research to explore.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Memory, Crime, Court Litigation, Credibility, Interviews, Recall (Psychology), Literature Reviews
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