Gender-Intrusive Questioning: A Survey of Expert Witnesses

Tarika Daftary-Kapur, Maureen O'Connor, Mindy Mechanic

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Abstract

This paper reports the results of a survey of male and female psychologists with expert witness experience. The survey explored the roles of both expert witness gender and valence of the testimony to provide preliminary empirical data on whether gender in combination with the valence of testimony leads to perceived bias targeted towards female experts. The presence of such bias might diminish the credibility of the expert and subsequently the proffered testimony and, thus, undermine the legal system as effective fact-finder by leading to decision-making based on extra-legal factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-194
Number of pages15
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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