ERIC Number: ED044868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Problem-Solving in Retarded Adolescents and Young Adults: Findings of a Group Psychotherapy Program.
Heyder, Dietrich W.; And Others
To compare differences in skills and self concept among mentally handicapped young adults, and to show the significance of the admission age and quality of special educational opportunities, a study was made involving 27 persons who had attended regular and/or special education classes. The educational experiences of the groups were organized in the following manner: Group A (age 31-38, IQ 50-67) had attended regular classes in the elementary school years, Group B (age 17-28, IQ 38-70) attended special education classes, and Group C (age 16-18, IQ 58-78) experienced a combination of both regular and special education programs. Each group participated in seven weekly sessions of group psychotherapy. The most significant finding of the study revealed a positive relationship between participation in special education programs and an advanced social, educational, and emotional growth. The importance of early exposure to special programs was also indicated. Related references are included. (RD)
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Authoring Institution: Tidewater Association for Retarded Children, Norfolk, VA.