Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Dr. Uldis Smidchens
Dr. David Cowden
The purpose of this study was to investigate the link between learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency in the Macomb County Juvenile Court System. Because of the presence of several key variables, it was believed that learning disabilities was a unique trait of the detained population.
The population consisted of 517 male and female detained and adjudicated delinquents that were admitted to the facility during the 1983-84 school year. Biographical and crime related data were gathered by hand searches of the legal file. The learning disabled or non-learning-disabled classification resulted from interpretation of the scores on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test Revised, the Woodcock-Johnson Psych-Educational Battery, and the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale. Five hypotheses were constructed and tested.
A relationship was found between learning disabilities, hyperactivity, and juvenile delinquency. No relationship was established between learning disabilities and the type of programming, type of offense, levels of arrests, and gender of offender. Significant biographical data were reported.
Bologna, Rita M., "The Relationship between Learning Disabilities and Juvenile Delinquency in Macomb County Juvenile Court (1983-84)" (1986). Dissertations. 2302.