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ERIC Number: ED002780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1957-Jul
Pages: 90
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MOTOR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MENTALLY RETARDED.
FRANCIS, ROBERT J.; RARICK, LAWRENCE G.
SCIENTIFIC DATA WERE OBTAINED ON THE MOTOR LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT AND/OR POTENTIALS OF THE MENTALLY RETARDED TO PROVIDE SCIENTIFIC BASES UPON WHICH TEACHERS MIGHT PREPARE FOR FUTURE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH MENTALLY RETARDED PERSONS. THE MAJOR OBJECTIVE WAS TO DETERMINE THE MOTOR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MENTALLY RETARDED (IQ'S BELOW 80). THE MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN INCLUDED IN THIS INVESTIGATION WERE MARKEDLY INFERIOR IN ALL MOTOR PERFORMANCE TESTS AND WITH ADVANCING AGE LEVEL THE DEVIATIONS FROM THE NORMAL TENDED TO BECOME GREATER. HOWEVER, THE GENERAL PATTERN OF CHANGE BY AGE AND SEX WAS SIMILAR TO THAT REPORTED ON NORMAL CHILDREN, AS WERE THE INTERCORRELATIONS AMONG THE SPECIFIC MOTOR TESTS. ALTHOUGH THE FINDINGS WOULD INDICATE THAT THE POOR QUALITY OF MOTOR PERFORMANCE WAS A FUNCTION OF LOW INTELLIGENCE, THE RELATIONSHIP OF MEASURES OF INTELLIGENCE TO THE MOTOR PERFORMANCE TEST SCORES WERE SIMILAR TO CORRELATIONS OBTAINED BETWEEN THESE VARIABLES ON NORMAL HUMANS. THE GREAT DIFFERENCE IN MOTOR PROFICIENCY BETWEEN THE NORMAL AND THE MENTALLY RETARDED AS DEMONSTRATED CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THE DEGREE OF MOTOR RETARDATION OF THESE CHILDREN IS PERHAPS GREATER THAN HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY SUPPOSED. (GC)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Identifiers: MADISON; WISCONSIN