Learning disabilities and delinquency: A study of Israeli prison inmates

E. Tomer, A. Einat

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Research consistently illustrates that several intellectual disabilities—namely, learning disabilities (LD), low intelligence, challenging behavior, and inadequate adaptive behavior, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—are considered risk factors for antisocial and criminal behavior. Although much attention has been paid to the relationship of LD, ADHD, and criminal behavior, three research topics have been overlooked: the frequency of LD with ADHD among inmates, the relationship between LD and/or ADHD and level of education among prisoners, and the connection between LD and/or ADHD and age of criminal onset. The present study examined the frequency of LD and ADHD in a sample of Israeli-born prisoners, in addition to the frequency of each category by itself, and it investigated the relationship of LD and/or ADHD, school dropout age, and onset of criminal activity.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)416-434
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007


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