ERIC Number: ED141731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar-4
Reference Count: 0
Learning Disabilities: The Link to Delinquency Should Be Determined, But Schools Should Do More Now. Report to the Congress by the Comptroller General of the United States.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This report to Congress cites the fact that about one-fourth of institutionalized juvenile delinquents tested in two states had primary learning problems or learning disabilities. Most juvenile delinquents have behavior problems in school, and many may be academic underachievers--pupils of normal intelligence who are two or more years below the level expected for their ability. Whether or not the learning disabilities cause the delinquency is uncertain. This report: (1) defines learning problems and considers their prevalence among juvenile delinquents; (2) considers the constraints faced by juvenile institutions in dealing with learning problems; (3) stresses the public schools' need to identify and treat these children; (4) describes the limited federal involvement in identification and treatment; (5) offers recommendations for Congressional action. Especially noted are the need for an operational definition of learning disabilities, and the need for caution in seeking a cause for juvenile delinquency. (BP)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Correctional Institutions, Delinquency, Educational Diagnosis, Exceptional Child Research, Identification, Learning Disabilities, Public Schools, Reading Difficulty, Underachievement
U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, P.O. Box 1020, Washington, D.C. 20013 (HC $1.00, special populations may qualify for free copies, see the back cover of the report)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
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