ERIC Number: ED203599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Levelling-Off in Developmental Progress among Institutionalized Retarded Persons.
Vaidya, Sheila R.; Conroy, James
Adaptive behavior was measured for 79 institutionalized retarded persons (11 to 48 years old) to investigate patterns of levelling off in developmental progress, as measured by the American Association on Mental Deficiency Adaptive Behavior Scale (ABS). Total scores for part 1 (adaptive behaviors) and part 2 (maladaptive behaviors) were analyzed separately for each of four groups (mild, moderate, severe, and profound retardation) by means of a one way repeated measures and analysis of variance. Findings confirmed the observation that all Ss demonstrated levelling off on part 1 of the ABS, with a pattern showing an initial increase in the scores occurring within a period of 18 months. Scores on part 2 (maladaptive behavior) did not reveal a consistent pattern, suggesting that clients who show an increase in adaptive behaviors do not necessarily exhibit a corresponding decrease in maladaptive ones. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adaptive Behavior Assessment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Canada, September, 1980).