Brief Report: Suggestibility, compliance and psychological traits in autism spectrum disorder


Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2012. Brief Report: Suggestibility, compliance and psychological traits in autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6 (3), 1168–1175.

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    Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be over-represented within the criminal justice system; it is therefore important to understand how they fare under police questioning. The present study examined interrogative suggestibility and compliance in individuals with ASD, and whether this is associated with certain psychological traits. Adults with ASD and their typical counterparts completed the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales (GSS), Gudjonsson Compliance Scale (GCS), and measures of state-trait anxiety, selfesteem, fear of negative evaluation by others and paranoia. In contrast to previous research (North, Russell, & Gudjonsson, 2008), there was no difference between the ASD and comparison groups on the measure of compliance, and groups also did not differ on any of the GSS measures, despite the ASD group reporting significantly higher paranoia. Findings indicate that individuals with ASD may be no more likely to succumb to interrogative pressures than their typical counterparts.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsMaras, K. L.and Bowler, D. M.
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    Uncontrolled Keywordsautism spectrum disorder,memory,suggestibility,leading questions,recall,eyewitness,individual differences
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
    Research CentresCentre for Applied Autism Research
    Publisher StatementMaras_Bowler_2012_RASD_accepted_author_version.pdf: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, vol 6, issue 3, 2012, DOI 10.1016/j.rasd.2012.03.013
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