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Master of Arts



First Advisor

Pamela Nickels

Second Advisor

Donna Noonan

Third Advisor

Linda Cassens


Studies have shown that juvenile delinquents are at risk for a wealth of other problems such as learning disabilities. below average intelligence, and attention deficit disorder. Some researchers have refuted these claims by saying that the difficulty in appropriately labeling individuals learning disabled and delinquent has resulted in increasing numbers of individuals being incorrectly labeled delinquent or learning disabled. Others have argued that differential treatment of learning disabled and delinquent youth has negatively affected the school performance of these individuals. This study examined the Reading, Math, and English achievement scores of both delinquents and nondelinquents in an attempt to determine whether a significant mean difference between these groups was present. Seventy-three participants, including twenty-nine delinquents and fifty-two nondelinquents, were assessed through the use of the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). At-test was performed, and it was found that there were no significant mean differences between these two groups with regard to Reading and English scores; a significant mean difference in Math scores was found between these two groups.

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