Environment and individuals with severe mental disability

  • F. S. W. Brimblecombe


This chapter, since it is concerned with severe mental retardation, is concentrated more upon individuals with congenital cerebral malformation or acquired disease than upon the left hand side of the Gaussian distribution of intelligence among a total population of persons who have no organic disease. Severe mental retardation is frequently associated with other severe handicaps which may be motor, sensory or psychiatric in nature. This chapter reviews the extent to which the environment and the physical factors within it can be modified to improve the lives of those affected and the lives of their families. It is concerned therefore with secondary rather than primary prevention.


Mental Retardation Handicapped Person Severe Mental Retardation Handicapped Individual Social Handicap 
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