ERIC Number: ED149521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Screening for Risk of Mental Illness.
Venables, Peter H.
Reported are the results of a study involving 1800 3-year-old children which was conducted to investigate in detail children who might appear to be at risk for later psychiatric breakdown. Described are study procedures including collection of background data on each child through visits with the parents, observation of children's play behavior and intellectual performance in the laboratory, and administration of pediatric and psychophysiological tests. The rationale for using an auditory tape procedure for elicitation of responses is explained. Also discussed are preliminary results and some procedural considerations (such as the role of nursery schools in the project). Among findings reported are that it appears to be possible to select, by psychophysiological techniques at the age of 3, children who behave differently at the age of 6 and who react differently to the intervening experience of attendance at a nursery school; and that the type of behavior exhibited by the children is not in discord with what might legitimately be expected on the basis of earlier high risk studies and data from work on adult patients. Also included are tables with statistical data, a list of references, and graphs illustrating study results. (SBH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Medical Research Council, Cambridge (England). Applied Psychology Research Unit.; Danish International Development Agency, Copenhagen.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Kittay Scientific Foundation, International Symposium (5th, New York, New York, April, 1977); Reprinted from Cognitive Defects in the Development of Mental Illness, edited by George M. Serban, New York, Brunner/Mazel, Inc. 1978