Relationship of upbringing to later behavior disturbance of mildly mentally retarded young people

S. A. Richardson, H. Koller, M. Katz

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Abstract

Factors were examined that might explain the higher rate of behavior disturbance found in a population of mildly mentally retarded young adults compared with nonretarded peers. Results showed that neurological impairment, found in one-third of the retarded subjects, was not a factor. Three results supported the explanation that instability of upbringing was responsible for the difference in behavior disturbance: a significant relationship was found between unbringing and behavior disturbance for both retarded and nonretarded subjects; conditions of upbringing were significantly more unstable among the retarded than nonretarded subjects; and when upbringing was held constant for both sets of subjects, no differences were found in behavior disturbance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Mental Deficiency
Volume90
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1985

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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