Handbook of Mental Retardation and Development

Handbook of Mental Retardation and Development

by Jacob A. Burack, Robert M. Hodapp, Edward F. Zigler
     
 
This book reviews theoretical and empirical work in the developmental approach to mental retardation. Armed with methods derived from the study of typically developing children, developmentalists have recently learned about the mentally retarded child's own development in a variety of areas. These areas now encompass many aspects of cognition, language, social and

Overview

This book reviews theoretical and empirical work in the developmental approach to mental retardation. Armed with methods derived from the study of typically developing children, developmentalists have recently learned about the mentally retarded child's own development in a variety of areas. These areas now encompass many aspects of cognition, language, social and adaptive functioning, as well as of maladaptive behavior and psychopathology. In addition to a focus on individuals with mental retardation themselves, familial and other "ecological" factors have influenced developmental approaches to mental retardation. Comprised of twenty-seven chapters on various aspects of development, this handbook provides a timely, comprehensive guide to understanding mental retardation and development.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nuhad D. Dinno, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: The developmental approach to mental retardation has dramatically evolved in the last ten to fifteen years. With the diversity and expansion of research in developmental biology and its application to mental retardation, a useful text is needed for professionals in the field of developmental disabilities to add to their reference libraries. This book fills that need.
Purpose: The expressed purpose is to address various aspects of development and provide a better understanding of the functioning of people with mental retardation.
Audience: The target audience is practitioners in the fields of psychology, education, speech and language pathology, and social work. It is a reference book for graduate students. Developmental pediatricians will find it a useful reference.
Features: This book reviews several aspects in the developmental approach to mental retardation. It addresses some aspects of normal development and its application to a wider population of persons with mental retardation. The contributors discuss how a variety of environments influence and are influenced by the person with mental retardation. They also cover some aspects of social and emotional development of persons with mental retardation.
Assessment: In my opinion, this is a useful reference for graduate students and for professionals in the fields of psychology, education, social work, and speech and language. It can be consulted for a quick review or used as a resource for an in-depth review. More illustrations and tables would have been of value to the reader.
From the Publisher
"There are also excellent review chapters on neuropsychology and genetics and helpful contributions related to family issues, such as the impact on families generally and on siblings and mother-child interactions more specifically." Patricia Howlin, Contemporary Psychology APA Review
3 Stars from Doody
Nuhad D. Dinno
The developmental approach to mental retardation has dramatically evolved in the last ten to fifteen years. With the diversity and expansion of research in developmental biology and its application to mental retardation, a useful text is needed for professionals in the field of developmental disabilities to add to their reference libraries. This book fills that need. The expressed purpose is to address various aspects of development and provide a better understanding of the functioning of people with mental retardation. The target audience is practitioners in the fields of psychology, education, speech and language pathology, and social work. It is a reference book for graduate students. Developmental pediatricians will find it a useful reference. This book reviews several aspects in the developmental approach to mental retardation. It addresses some aspects of normal development and its application to a wider population of persons with mental retardation. The contributors discuss how a variety of environments influence and are influenced by the person with mental retardation. They also cover some aspects of social and emotional development of persons with mental retardation. In my opinion, this is a useful reference for graduate students and for professionals in the fields of psychology, education, social work, and speech and language. It can be consulted for a quick review or used as a resource for an in-depth review. More illustrations and tables would have been of value to the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521446686
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
764
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.65(d)

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