Severe Behavior Disorders in the Mentally Retarded

Nondrug Approaches to Treatment

  • Rowland P. Barrett

Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Barbara Hawk, Stephen R. Schroeder, Carolyn S. Schroeder
    Pages 1-25
  3. Thomas M. Dilorenzo, Thomas H. Ollendick
    Pages 27-60
  4. Edward S. Shapiro
    Pages 61-97
  5. Janis Chadsey-Rusch, Frank R. Rusch
    Pages 99-122
  6. Michael L. Jones, Jennifer Lattimore, Gary R. Ulicny, Todd R. Risley
    Pages 123-155
  7. Linda Fitzpatrick Gourash
    Pages 157-205
  8. Edward J. Nuffield
    Pages 207-234
  9. Karen S. Budd, Pamela L. Fabry
    Pages 235-271
  10. Mary Margaret Kerr
    Pages 273-295
  11. Dennis H. Reid, Maureen M. Schepis
    Pages 297-322
  12. Rowland P. Barrett, Patrick K. Ackles, Michel Hersen
    Pages 323-357
  13. Robert G. Griffith
    Pages 359-393
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 395-404

About this book


It is well known that behavior problems are a salient characteristic of children and adults with mental retardation. That is not to say that all persons with mental retardation experience behavior disorders; how­ ever, most studies indicate that the incidence of emotional disturbance in this population is four to six times greater than that observed in similar intellectually nonhandicapped children and adults. It is equally well known that the principal form of treatment accorded clients with mental retardation and behavior disorders is pharmacotherapy or the prescrip­ tion of behavior modifying drugs. Recent studies show that 6 out of every 10 individuals with mental retardation have been prescribed drugs as treatment for disorders of emotion or behavior. Unfortunately, further studies indicate that only one or 2 out of every 10 clients receiving medication are determined to be "responders," such that some thera­ peutic benefit is derived from their drug treatment. As noted by the title, the single major thrust of this volume is to review approaches to the treatment of behavior disorders in persons with mental retardation from a nondrug perspective. This requires the presentation of a wide range of material on treatment: basic behavior modification programming, cognitive-behavioral strategies, habilitative approaches, counseling and psychotherapy, designing therapeutic living environments, managing medical factors bearing relevance to emotional illness, intervening with families, training special education teachers and direct care staff, and supplying information on the client's rights to obtain treatment in the least restrictive and least intrusive manner.


Counseling Training behavior pharmacotherapy reinforcement

Editors and affiliations

  • Rowland P. Barrett
    • 1
  1. 1.Emma Pendleton Bradley HospitalBrown University Program in MedicineEast ProvidenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0590-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0588-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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