Mississippi State University
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Human Development and Family Studies
Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Human Sciences
Youth in detention centers often have intellectual disabilities. Correctional officers often they lack the knowledge and training needed to work with these youths. The purpose of this study was to determine how much knowledge and training correctional officers have about the youth that they work with, specifically, youth with intellectual disabilities. Four detention centers from the southeastern United States were chosen to participate in the study and the population of interest was comprised of correctional officers who work with youth in juvenile detention centers. Surveys were administered through a combination of pencil/paper and online administration as a result of institutional preferences. The results of this study suggested that correctional officers do not receive the level of education and training (formal, informal, on-the-job, or elsewhere) necessary to work with youth who have intellectual disabilities.
Fowler, Kimberly Ranea, "Training and Education of Correctional Officers Working with Incarcerated Youth who have Intellectual Disabilities" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 4767.