RESEARCH STUDY: Vulnerability of individuals with autism spectrum disorder to naïve involvement in criminal activity

Researchers at Flinders University are looking for individuals aged 18 years or older who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to participate in an online study titled ‘Vulnerability of individuals with autism spectrum disorder to naïve involvement in criminal activity’. This research is being conducted by Rebecca Flower ( under the supervision of Associate Professor Robyn Young ( and Professor Neil Brewer (

The aim of this project is to understand whether features that may be present in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder influence their understanding of social situations and appropriate behaviour. 

The project consists of two sessions. Each session is expected to take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete (however you may take up to 4 hours to complete each session so that you can take breaks when required). The second session will occur several weeks or possibly months later.

The first session will involve questions about demographic information, including age, gender, diagnosis, and any experiences you have had with the criminal justice system (e.g., ‘Has a police officer ever spoken to you with concern about your behaviour?’). You will then be asked to complete the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ), a set of 50 statements about your preferences and skills, where you will be asked how much you agree or disagree with each (e.g., ‘I tend to notice details that others do not’). Following this, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your particular interests (e.g., ‘In the last twelve months, have you had any other strong interests?’), and then asked to watch some short scenarios, and answer 1-2 questions about each.

After completion of each stage of the study you will be given the opportunity to leave your email address to receive a $10 (AUD) Amazon voucher.

You are free to withdraw from the study at any time throughout the sessions, without any negative implications to yourself.

If you are interested in participating in this research project, please click on the following link: