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ERIC Number: ED109837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Public, Peer, and Professional Attitudes Toward Mentally Retarded Persons. Studies in Learning Potential-Volume 4, Number 78.
Reviewed is research dealing with the attitudes of the public, peers and professionals toward the mentally retarded. The contradictory nature of many studies is cited, and the influence of such factors as misconceptions and contact with retardates on public attitudes is described. Studies of peer attitudes toward the retarded are considered in terms of sociometric investigations of such factors as social status and class placement, and attitudinal measures including studies of children's reactions to retarded peers. A final section summarizes research on professionals' attitudes toward the retarded child. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research Inst. for Educational Problems, Cambridge, MA.
Note: Paper presented at conference entitled, "The Mentally Retarded and Society: A Social Science Perspective" (Niles, Michigan, April 17-20, 1974)