Knowledge and attitudes of lawyers regarding offenders with intellectual disability

McGillivray, Jane and Waterman, Barry 2003, Knowledge and attitudes of lawyers regarding offenders with intellectual disability, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 244-253.

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Title Knowledge and attitudes of lawyers regarding offenders with intellectual disability
Author(s) McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Waterman, Barry
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 244
End page 253
Publisher Australian Academic Press Pty Ltd
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Summary People with an intellectual disability appear to be over represented in the criminal justice system and have characteristics that may render them particularly vulnerable. Hypotheses concerning different treatment have been investigated by others through analysis of the attitudes of various criminal justice personnel. The current study extends this work by examining the knowledge and attitudes of Victorian criminal lawyers towards offenders with an intellectual disability. Criminal lawyers (n = 96) responded anonymously to a questionnaire concerning their knowledge of the characteristics of people with intellectual disability and their attitudes regarding the exposure and disposition of this population within the criminal justice system, In addition, respondents were asked to indicate their level of social and professional experience with people with intellectual disability. Results revealed that although the majority of criminal lawyers generally had some understanding of the problems encountered by people with an intellectual disability when they come into contact with the criminal justice system, some deficits that may contribute to vulnerability were evident.


Language eng
Field of Research 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Academic Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001888

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