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Title: Patterns of Perceptual Deficits in Academically Deficient Juvenile Delinquents
Journal: Psychology in the Schools  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1979)  Pages:19-27
Author(s): P W Zinkus; M I Gottlieb
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Hohenburg Charity Trust
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20852
Grant Number: R07-3230-78
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of academically deficient juvenile offenders showed a need to treat multiple perceptual deficits at preschool age before they cause emotional problems and social maladjustment which can lead to crime.
Abstract: Patterns of perceptual deficits were investigated in 60 male offenders 13 to 18 years old who were either academically deficient or had adequate academic skills. Only subjects with average or above average intelligence were tested. Auditory perceptual deficits appeared to be a more significant factor in accounting for the severe academic deficiencies than did visual-perceptual deficits. However, multiple perceptual deficits involving both auditory and visual perceptual skills formed the basis of the majority of academic deficiencies and social maladaptation which led to delinquent behavior. Since learning disabilities are present when children enter the educational system as preschoolers, it is suggested that these children be diagnosed and treated as a crime prevention measure. Tabular data and 35 references are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Educationally disadvantaged persons; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Learning disabilities; Multiproblem juveniles
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