Understanding Mental Retardation


A resource for parents, caregivers, and counselors
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A resource for parents, caregivers, and counselors
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Reviewer: Patricia M. Granier, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This excellent resource on mental retardation describes the genetic and multifactorial aspects of this disorder and provides caregivers with background information to better understand how mental retardation occurs and how it impacts those involved.
Purpose: The book is written for individuals involved in the care of patients and family members with mental retardation. It is a vast resource for testing, government agencies, and support groups for the spectrum of disorders under the umbrella of mental retardation.
Audience: The target audience includes healthcare providers and parents. Some of the genetic discussions are probably more detailed than parents or counselors would need, but the support and contact information for the various disorders is an excellent resource.
Features: The book covers a wide array and detailed presentation of the various disorders that fall under the definition of mental retardation. It explains the multifactorial causes of this disorder as well as provides practical information on assessment and treatment, social and legal issues.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for those involved in the care of those with mental retardation.
Library Journal
Mental retardation is estimated to affect two to two and a half million people in the United States. Ainsworth (psychiatry & human behavior, Univ. of Mississippi) and Baker (coeditor, Embarking on a New Century: Mental Retardation at the End of the 20th Century) provide basic information for people who interact with or care for those with a permanent mental disability. Covered are the causes, manifestations, and characteristics of the most common disorders, along with prevention issues and the effects of psychiatric illness (a relatively new area of study). An outline of normal mental development is included as a point of reference, as is a brief historical overview of mental retardation relative to Western culture. The value of this work hinges on its accessible presentation: parents and caregivers are given up-to-date information that should enable them to anticipate hurdles, to advocate, and to access necessary support services. Precious few books address the history and needs of people with mental retardation so thoroughly for parents and caregivers; highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Deborah Anne Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Patricia Ainsworth is an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and has a private practice in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She is the author of Understanding Depression (University Press of Mississippi).

Pamela C. Baker is director of the South Mississippi Regional Center in Long Beach, Mississippi. She is also an independent consultant in management and disabilities administration and co-editor of Embarking on a New Century: Mental Retardation at the End of the 20th Century.

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Table of Contents

1 What is mental retardation and who is affected? 3
2 Normal development 37
3 Evolving concepts of mental retardation 50
4 The first six years : infants, toddlers, and preschool children 74
5 School-aged children, adolescents, and teenagers 86
6 The adult years 104
7 The elderly 122
8 Psychiatric illness and mental retardation 133
9 Research on the future of prevention and treatment of mental retardation 155
App. A Who may benefit from genetic counseling? 166
App. B Milestones of human development 167
App. C Selected federal legislation and regulations pertinent to mental retardation 174
App. D Selected governmental and organizational resources 185
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