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University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name


Exceptional Education

First Advisor

Professor Brenda Rogers


This study investigated the awareness and understanding of justice personnel in Cobb County and Dekalb county of the Georgia Juvenile Justice System, regarding mental retardation and the mentally handicapped juvenile offender.The survey method was employed as the primary data gathering technique.The primary instrument used to collect the data was the Survey of Juvenile Justice Personnel Regarding Mental Retardation and the Mentally Handicapped Offender.The results of this investigation indicate that while juvenile justice personnel may have some understanding of mental retardation and the mentally handicapped juvenile offender,they are confused and uncertain about how to deal with this population in a professional manner.

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