ERIC Number: EJ308379
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Sensory Stimulation in Self-Destructive Behavior.
Edelson, Stephen M.
American Journal of Mental Deficiency, v89 n2 p140-45 Sep 1984
The author extends the self stimulatory theory of self destructive behavior in autistic, schizophrenic, and mentally retarded individuals to suggest that damage of the skin's nerve structure lowers the tactile sensory threshold for physical input and enables individuals to obtain sensory stimulation by repeatedly depressing the damaged area. (CL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A