ERIC Number: ED311647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Prevalence of Mental Disabilities and Handicapping Conditions among Juvenile Offenders. Final Report.
National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, VA. Inst. on Mental Disabilities and the Law.
The study was designed to provide policymakers, administrators, and practitioners with reliable prevalence estimates of mental retardation, learning disabilities, and other handicapping conditions exhibited by juvenile offenders in order to guide fiscal and programmatic decision making. The research included five steps: (1) a literature search resulting in a bibliography of 310 entries; (2) the selection, review, and description of 58 empirical studies; (3) the rating of the studies in terms of sample size, sample methods, gender and ethnicity, data source, instruments, definitions, assessment methods, and evaluators; (4) estimation of the prevalence of handicapping conditions in various categories; and (5) identification of possible relationships that explain the wide range of prevalence estimates cited in the literature. Prevalence of handicapping conditions among younger offenders was found to be 35.6% for learning disabilities and 12.6% for mental retardation. Much of the document consists of comprehensive descriptions of the articles included in the meta analysis. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, VA. Inst. on Mental Disabilities and the Law.