This study described the proportion of sheltered homeless children in Los Angeles, Calif, who were eligible for special eduction evaluations because of a probable behavioral disorder, learning disability, or mental retardation, and to explore their level of unmet need for special education services.
This was a cross-sectional study of 118 parents and 169 children aged 6 through 12 years living in 18 emergency homeless family shelters in Los Angeles County, California.
Parents and children were interviewed with standardized mental health and academic skill measures in English and Spanish.
Among half (45%) of the children met criteria for a special education evaluation, yet less than one quarter (22%) had ever received special education testing or placement.
The main point of contact for children with behavioral disorders and learning problems was the general health care sector.
School-aged sheltered homeless children have a high level of unmet need for special education evaluations, the first step toward accessing special education programms.
Interventions for homeless children should include integration of services across special integration of services across special education, general health care, and housing service factors.
Mots-clés Pascal : Sans domicile fixe, Enfant, Homme, Age scolaire, Besoin, Education, Trouble comportement, Trouble apprentissage, Arriération mentale, Evaluation, Californie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Structure accueil, Education spécialisée
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Homeless, Child, Human, School age, Need, Education, Behavioral disorder, Learning disability, Mental retardation, Evaluation, California, United States, North America, America
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0363042
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 12/09/1997.