ERIC Number: ED223031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Prevalence of Mental Retardation.
Association for Retarded Citizens, Arlington, TX. National Research and Demonstration Inst.
The booklet addresses issues regarding the prevalence of mental retardation. Difficulties in obtaining prevalence figures are noted, specifically limitations of the use of the population curve. Prevalence studies are reviewed and methodological problems cited. Sex, age, and socioeconomic factors in the prevalence of mental retardation are described, as are effects of raising children in an economically disadvantaged home. Possible reasons for fluctuations in prevalence are offered, particularly the changing definitions of mental retardation. A concluding section summarizes prevalence information and suggests that the majority of people labeled mentally retarded fall into a gray area of "relative retardation." (CL)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Definitions, Economically Disadvantaged, Incidence, Mental Retardation, Research Problems, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Trend Analysis
ARC Association for Retarded Citizens, National Research and Demonstration Institute, P.O. Box 6109, Arlington, TX (Publication No. 55-11, no price quoted).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Retarded Citizens, Arlington, TX. National Research and Demonstration Inst.
Note: Adapted from "Mental Retardation: The Changing Outlook" by Robert P. Ingalls, 1978 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Available from the publisher, 605 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10158 ($26.95).