Mentally Retarded Adults

  • Dennis H. Reid
  • Jeffrey R. Fitzgerald

Abstract

Mental retardation is one of the most prevalent types of handicapping conditions among the human populace. Although reports of the incidence of mental retardation vary, estimates generally indicate that 3% of the population of the United States is mentally retarded (Beck, 1983). The disability of mental retardation affects afflicted individuals throughout their lifespan, including adulthood—which is the chronological period of concern of this chapter. However, despite the widespread prevalence of mental retardation, mentally retarded adults have historically received relatively little attention from an outpatient treatment perspective. Reasons for the lack of attention as well as recent events that have caused increased professional interest in this area of service provision will be discussed later.

Keywords

Mental Retardation Treatment Service Outpatient Treatment Apply Behavior Analysis Functional Communication Training 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis H. Reid
    • 1
  • Jeffrey R. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Carolina CenterMorgantonUSA

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