Psychosocial Correlates of Mental Retardation

  • Jo L. Nanson
  • Bruce Gordon
Part of the Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


Mental retardation is one of the most common disabilities that require special education. Depending on how mental retardation is defined, estimates of its prevalence among school children range from 1 to 3% of the general population (Blatt, 1987). The histories of mental retardation and special education are intertwined, because special education formally began with the efforts of Itard, Seguin, and others to educate children with mental retardation.


Mental Retardation Social Skill Down Syndrome Adaptive Behavior Developmental Disability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo L. Nanson
    • 1
  • Bruce Gordon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsRoyal University HospitalSaskatoonCanada

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