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NCJ Number: 94565 Find in a Library
Title: Learning Disabled Young Offender and the Law
Journal: Liaison  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1984)  Pages:9-22
Author(s): Anonymous
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 14
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This review of presentations from an Ontario symposium on the special relationship of learning disabled juveniles and the law considers the characteristics of such juveniles and their link with delinquent behavior, deterrence effectiveness with these youth, rehabilitation approaches, legislation, and the role of the judiciary in addressing the problems of learning disabled delinquents.
Abstract: The biologically rooted development difficulties of learning disabled youth are described, particularly the slower alpha rhythm, which is related to low arousal level, a characteristic that consistently correlates with antisocial behavior. Problems in relational thinking are also discussed as being a factor in the delinquent behavior of learning disabled juveniles. Deterrence efforts are viewed as being ineffective with learning disabled juveniles because of their inability to relate sanction consequences to particular behaviors. The greatest rehabilitative success with learning disabled youth has been in the area of education. This is best accomplished through a form of diversion at a very early stage. It is noted that under current law, court personnel must be conscientious in identifying learning disabled youth and documenting the dispositions that have proven most effective with such youth.
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Deterrence effectiveness; Juvenile codes; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile rehabilitation; Learning disabilities; Ontario
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