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ERIC Number: EJ789728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1082-4669
Academic Achievement and School Functioning among Nonincarcerated Youth Involved with the Juvenile Justice System
Brown, Jonathan D.; Riley, Anne W.; Walrath, Christine M.; Leaf, Philip J.; Valdez, Carmen
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, v13 n1 p59-75 Jan 2008
The relationship between academic problems and delinquency is well documented among incarcerated populations but has not been examined among nonincarcerated youth involved with the juvenile justice system. This research examined the school functioning and academic achievement of 157 youth who had brief contact with a state department of juvenile justice and then returned to the community. More than half (62.4%) demonstrated problems in school functioning or academic performance, as measured with well-validated instruments. Standard achievement scores were below average and as low as 5 standard deviations below the normative mean. Non-Caucasian youth, and those who received special education services or lived in an urban area demonstrated significantly lower achievement. Juvenile justice agencies and schools should collaboratively address the education needs of these youth. (Contains 5 tables.)
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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