Mental Retardation

  • Melanie L. McGrath
  • Jeffrey A. Kelly
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


One of the most frequent reasons for referring a child for assessment is to ascertain the youngster’s intellectual functioning level. Quite often, in the case of children with apparent developmental lags, the purpose of assessment is specifically to evaluate whether the child is mentally retarded. In this chapter, we consider in detail the assessment for mental retardation. The characteristics and definitions of mental retardation will first be briefly considered; attention will then be given to standardized and behavioral assessment procedures.


Behavior Problem Mental Retardation Adaptive Behavior Intellectual Ability Maladaptive Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie L. McGrath
    • 1
  • Jeffrey A. Kelly
    • 2
  1. 1.The Children’s HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA

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