Title

Screening Inmates In the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the Presence of Learning Disabilities Utilizing the Mississippi Assessment Technique for Identifying Learning Disabled Adults (MATILDA)

Date of Award

1995

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

W. Lee Pierce

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument and to gather data in order to evaluate the validity and reliability of an adult learning disabilities screen titled MATILDA, and furthermore, to determine if a greater number of such individuals are present, as inmates, in the Mississippi Department of Corrections than in a university population. In order to examine these issues, 155 individuals were screened in either a state correctional facility (n = 97), a state supported university facility (n = 50), or the surrounding metropolitan area (n = 8). Statistical analyses include a Pearson product-moment correlation performed to examine the relationship between the Mississippi Assessment Technique for Identifying Learning Disabled Adults (MATILDA), the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), and the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). An independent means t-test was utilized to determine if a greater number of learning disabled individuals were present, as inmates, in the Mississippi Department of Corrections than in the general population. The researcher concluded that there was a greater preponderance of learning disabled adults present in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, as inmates, than in the general population.