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ERIC Number: EJ789189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
Occupational Interests and Aptitudes of Juvenile Offenders: Influence of Special Education Experience and Gender
Zabel, Robert; Nigro, Frank
Journal of Correctional Education, v58 n4 p337-356 Dec 2007
Juvenile offenders, particularly those with disabilities, are at high risk for school failure and diminished educational, employment, and social opportunities that contribute to continued social maladjustment as adults. To better understand the occupational preferences and aptitudes of juvenile offenders, 201 juvenile offenders, including 52 who had been in special education, completed an inventory of occupational interests and aptitudes. Special education and non-special education groups had similar interests, although the former preferred occupations involving work with plants and animals. Scores on measures of general, verbal, and numerical aptitude were below average, and participants who had been in special education scored significantly lower than others on most aptitude measures Implications for special education, alternative education, and correctional education programs are discussed. Multifaceted, intervention programs beginning in middle school that keep students in school, remediate academic and social problems, engage students in prevocational and vocational programs with transition specialists, and teach self-determination skills are recommended. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas