More boys and young men in special education are reported to have an emotional disturbance, compared to girls and young women. In 1994, the Elementary and Secondary Schools Compliance Reports for the Office of Civil Rights show 79.4% of students with an emotional disturbance are males while only 20.6% are female. Similarly, the National Longitudinal Transition Study of Special Education Students found that 76.4% of students were male, and 23.6% were female.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, OSERS (1998), p. II-27; Valdes, Williamson, & Wagner (1990).
Surveys: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 1994 Elementary and Secondary School Compliance Reports