Learning Disabilities and Delinquent Behaviors among Adolescents: A Comparison of Those with and without Comorbidity
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Clinkinbeard - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1839-2877
Research is inconclusive on whether adolescents with learning disabilities (LD) engage in more delinquency than adolescents without such deficits. Mixed results may result from a failure to account for the effects of co-occurring disabilities. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, this study examines delinquency among adolescents without disabilities to youth with LD, Attention Disorder Symptoms (ADS), and comorbid LD/ADS. Results indicate no significant differences in property offenses, or alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use; however, youth with LD reported significantly more violence than non-disabled youth. Findings illustrate the heterogeneous effects various disabilities have on delinquent behavior. Future research and policy implications will be discussed.
Evans, M.K., Clinkinbeard, S.S., & Simi, P. (2014). Learning disabilities and delinquent behaviors among adolescents: A comparison of those with and without comorbidity. Deviant Behavior, 36(3), 200-220. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2014.924361
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Deviant Behavior on November 14, 2014, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2014.924361