ERIC Number: ED265688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Current Practices in Diagnosing the Mentally Retarded.
Swartz, Stanley L.; And Others
School psychologists (N=119) were surveyed regarding current practices in diagnosing children with mental retardation. Results showed a wide range of responses for diagnostic criteria. Substantial discrepancies were found in relative weight given to intelligence and adaptive behavior, IQ cut-offs and ranges, importance of various areas of adaptive behavior, adaptive behavior deficits, and academic performance deficits. The need for standardization of criteria in diagnosing mental retardation is noted, and the likely results of diagnostic variation, less than equal access to special education programs, is also discussed. (Author/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 Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (Chicago, IL, November, 1985).