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NCJ Number: 229606 Find in a Library
Title: Language: Critical Components in Readers with Criminal Referral History
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:60  Issue:4  Dated:December 2009  Pages:277-288
Author(s): Derrick E. Platt
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between juvenile criminal involvement and reading abilities.
Abstract: Low levels of reading performance are associated with delinquency. However, few studies have investigated the relationship between early involvement in the justice system and reading problems. This study examined the relationship between youth at various early stages of involvement with criminal behaviors and reading abilities (specifically literal comprehension, inference, main idea, and language). The demographic variables included age and ethnicity, as well as number of times previously detained, number of days detained, and number of prior referrals. These variables were correlated with performance on a test of reading achievement. Results showed that lower language scores were significantly correlated with increased referral history. The relationship suggests that youth with lower language scores experience higher number of referrals for breaking the law. Implications of this study include the need for language interventions at early signs of behavior problems and intense language interventions at early signs of law breaking. References, tables, and figure (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Education-crime relationships
Index Term(s): Criminality prediction; Juvenile delinquency prediction; Literacy education; Problem behavior
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