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Abstract

Previous studies demonstrate clear links between learning disabilities (LD) and criminal/delinquent behaviors, and between moral reasoning (MR) and criminal behaviors. The purpose of the current study was to examine the link between LD and MR. The study was conducted among 2 groups: learning-disabled delinquents (LDD), and non-delinquent learning disabled (NDLD). The research design included four phases and the research tools included observations, psycho-educational diagnoses, individual oral interviews based on Kohlberg’s Moral Judgment Interview (Colby et al. 1987) which aimed at determining the level of MR of the participants, and content analysis. Findings of the first research question demonstrated that the NDLD group demonstrated higher levels of MR than the LDD group. Findings of the second research question show that the existence of LD affects the level of MR. The conclusions of the study suggest that prevention programs should be devised for juveniles with LD to help them develop their MR and thus prevent their engagement is criminal behaviors.


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