Assessing the Quality of Living Environments

  • Michael L. Jones
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


Traditional theories of autism treat behavior disorders and delayed development as symptoms of internal deficits. These deficits have been expressed in terms of physiological factors (e.g., brain pathology) or hypothetical concepts of information processing (e.g., sensory overload). Most theories further stipulate, however, that the correlation between symptoms and internal deficits is not perfect because of the mediating role of the environment. Environmental factors must be acknowledged to account for the fact that an individual with a mild deficiency, reared in a depriving environment, might show severe developmental delay (Bijou & Dunitz-Johnson, 1981).


Disruptive Behavior Activity Zone Developmental Disability Apply Behavior Analysis Treatment Environment 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. Jones
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  1. 1.Bureau of Child ResearchUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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