Description - Twenty-two Years by Stephen A. Richardson
"Twenty-Two Years" presents the results of a longitudinal study of the first 22 years in the lives of more than 200 young people with varying degrees of mental retardation. By following their paths through available services, job histories, leisure activities, friendships and marriages, the authors provide objective information about the quality of life of young people who are mentally retarded. The book makes a contribution by determining what factors in childhood predict who will and who will not require mental retardation services and, for those who disappear from services, why some fare better than others. Most important, the results help answer a question that haunts parents: "What will happen when my child grows up?". This study expands on a clinical and epidemiological study of children with mental retardation published in 1970. It provides prevalence rates by severity of mental retardation, gender, social class and family stability, and shows how these change over time. The authors confirm the central role of biomedical factors in the aetiology of severe mental retardation.
The causes of mild mental retardation are less well understood, and opinions differ widely on the extent to which psychosocial adversity plays a role. The book should be of interest to a broad range of clinicians, researchers and students, as well as the families of mentally retarded individuals, and it should serve as a model for future epidemiological and follow-up research.
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(235mm x 155mm x 28mm)
Harvard University Press
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Author Biography - Stephen A. Richardson
Stephen A. Richardson is Professor Emeritus, Departments of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Helene Koller was Senior Associate, Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.