Conversations with Delinquents: The Mingling of Meager Dialogues: A Pilot Study

Smith, Laura L.; Griffin, Janice K.
December 2002
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec2002, Vol. 53 Issue 4, p127
Academic Journal
A large body of research has shown that aggressive children often misinterpret neutral or ambiguous stimuli as threatening or hostile, leading them to read negatively. Other research connects the relationship of learning disabilities to juvenile delinquency. Studies suggest that the ability to understand the social cues of others and respond with appropriate language represents one way out of violence. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effects of an intervention program on the conversational skills of incarcerated juveniles. Both hypotheses were supported, indicating that aggressive adolescents with learning disabilities may benefit from interventions designed to improve their conversational skills.


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