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NCJ Number: 50338 Find in a Library
Title: LEARNING DISABILITIES AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
Author(s): G H BACHARA; J N ZABA
Corporate Author: Professional Press Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Professional Press Inc
Chicago, IL 60611
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY OF LEARNING DISABLED JUVENILE OFFENDERS FOUND THAT THOSE WHO RECEIVED SPECIAL EDUCATION OR APPROPRIATE REMEDIAL TRAINING HAD SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER RECIDIVISM THAN THOSE WHO DID NOT.
Abstract: THE SUBJECTS WERE 79 JUVENILE DELINQUENTS HANDLED BY TIDEWATER, VA., JUVENILE COURTS. ALL WERE AT LEAST 2 YEARS BEHIND IN READING, AND 90 PERCENT WERE AT LEAST 1 YEAR BEHIND IN GENERAL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. THERE WERE 47 BLACKS AND 32 WHITES; 58 WERE MALE AND 21 WERE FEMALE. FOR 48 OF THE DELINQUENTS, MEAN AGE 15 YEARS AND 3 MONTHS, NO REMEDIATION WAS PRESCRIBED. HOWEVER, THEY HAD INTENSIVE PROBATION SUPERVISION. FOR 31, MEAN AGE 13 YEARS AND 1 MONTHS, SPECIFIC ATTENTION WAS GIVEN TO THE LEARNING DISABILITY: 10 WERE PLACED IN SPECIAL EDUCATION IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL, 10 WERE PLACED IN SPECIAL EDUCATION IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL, 8 WERE GIVEN VISUAL-PERCEPTUAL-MOTOR TRAINING TO OVERCOME DIAGNOSED DISABILITIES, AND 6 WERE TUTORED. THE UNTREATED GROUP HAD A RECIDIVISM RATE OF 41.6 PERCENT; THE TUTORED GROUP 6.5 PERCENT (P LESS THAN .01). THE TOTAL JUVENILE RECIDIVISM RATE IN THE TIDEWATER AREA IS 55 PERCENT. IT IS POINTED OUT THAT THE REDUCTION IN RECIDIVISM WOULD MORE THAN PAY FOR A PROGRAM TO DIAGNOSE LEARNING DISABILITIES AND PROVIDE APPROPRIATE REMEDIATION. REFERENCES ARE APPENDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile recidivism statistics; Learning disabilities; Remedial education; Virginia
Note: REPRINTED FROM JOURNAL OF LEARNING DISABILITIES, V 11, N 4 (APRIL 1978)
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