Behavioral Medicine Approaches to the Prevention of Mental Retardation



Mental retardation is a devastating handicap. Its cost to society in economic terms is enormous, and the costs to the family in emotional terms are immeasurable. Mental retardation is not rare: Approximately 3% of the general population have IQs below 70 (Milunsky, 1975). Several specific causes for retardation have been identified, and knowledge of these causes provides opportunities for the development of preventive approaches.


Mental Retardation Behavioral Medicine Lead Poisoning Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Child Restraint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Nebraska School of Medicine, and Meyer Children’s Rehabilitation InstituteOmahaUSA
  3. 3.Meyer Children’s Rehabilitation InstituteOmahaUSA

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