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Evaluating the Impact of Clinical Evidence about FASD on Attributions and Decisions in a Criminal Justice Context

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dc.contributor.advisor McLachlan, Kaitlyn
dc.contributor.author Mullally, Katelyn
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-23T13:19:53Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-23T13:19:53Z
dc.date.copyright 2019-07
dc.date.created 2019-07-22
dc.date.issued 2019-08-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16937
dc.description.abstract Recent calls for legislative and policy reform to address the overrepresentation of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the criminal justice system are likely to increase the amount of FASD-related evidence in Canadian courtrooms. However, the potential impact of these changes for defendants with FASD is unknown. Thus, this study aimed to explore the impact of FASD-related evidence on case judgements in a criminal justice context. Undergraduate (n.=.235) and community participants (n.=.45) read about an adolescent defendant charged with second degree murder, in which the presence of an FASD diagnosis was manipulated; made legal decisions, and rated their perceptions and attributions of the defendant. Participants in the FASD condition rated the defendant as less blameworthy, less responsible, and less able to control his behaviour. Findings suggest that FASD may lead to more lenient case judgements in some cases, though compel additional research in this area. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Legal decisions en_US
dc.subject FASD en_US
dc.subject Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder en_US
dc.subject Forensic psychology en_US
dc.subject Mock jury en_US
dc.subject Legal decision-making en_US
dc.subject Neurodevelopmental disorders en_US
dc.title Evaluating the Impact of Clinical Evidence about FASD on Attributions and Decisions in a Criminal Justice Context en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Psychology en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
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