ERIC Number: ED233552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Linking Residential and Vocational Services to Enhance Client Programming.
Mentally retarded individuals may have chronic emotional problems or emotional responses to such stress and conflict situations as attending separate classes, moving to a new living situation, or being separated from family. Frequently service networks for mentally retarded persons do not consider the need for emotional assistance, as demonstrated by a survey administered to 51 service providers in mental retardation and mental health settings in which 78 percent of the respondents indicated discomfort in working with the emotional needs of the mentally retarded. Respondents preferred a pychotherapeutic approach (58%) to behavior modification (36%), and judged the two orientations as mutually exclusive. Findings suggested the need for desensitization to precede training programs for professionals so that they will be comfortable with people who have mental retardation. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (107th, Dallas, TX, May 29-June 2, 1983).