ERIC Number: ED043897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-8
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Person-Clusters in Two Dimensions of Adaptive Behavior.
The Adaptive Behavior Scale (ABS) is a behavior rating instrument designed to provide information about the way mentally retarded individuals maintain their personal independence in daily living and how they meet the social expectations of their environment. This study attempted to explore the existence of typology of retardates based upon their profile of scores on these two dimensions of adaptive behavior as measured by the ABS. Nine hundred and fifty-one retardates, ages 18-68, were rated by psychiatric aides in two midewestern state institutions. The BC TRY System of Cluster and Factor Analysis identified seven distinct sub-groups of individuals with similar score profiles on the two dimensions. A cross tabulation of individuals in terms of the American Association on Mental Deficiency etiological classifications and the seven sub-groupings was carried out. Conclusions indicated trends which suggest a possible relation between the behavioral typology and etiological classifications. More research is suggested and is viewed as possibly offering fruitful hypotheses in the formulation and evaluation of training and rehabilitation programs. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.; American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970