Youth with learning disabilities in the juvenile justice system: A training needs assessment of detention and court services personnel


This study examines the training needs of juvenile justice personnel regarding their work with youth who have disabilities, particularly learning disabilities. Proportionate stratified cluster sampling was used to survey juvenile detention and court services personnel statewide about previous training and confidence of knowledge in these areas. Findings indicate that less than two-thirds (62%) of respondents had received training about persons with disabilities and less than half (47%) had received training about persons with learning disabilities. Some myths about learning disabilities continue to persist more than others. Knowledge about learning disabilities is considered to be important and training is desired. Suggestions for planning future training events are offered.

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Child and Youth Care Forum


Kluwer Academic Publishers-Human Sciences Press

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