Manual of Diagnosis and Professional Practice in Mental Retardation
Changes in the way mental retardation is defined have mainly reflected changing conceptions of how it should be measured. One important goal of this book is to institute a workable definition, founded on scientific and evolutionary perspectives, that provides guidelines for recognizing and classifying mental retardation within the context of a comprehensive, differential assessment and diagnostic process.
This comprehensive manual is the ultimate consolidated source of major findings from psychological science and practice in the field of mental retardation. The contributing authors address a broad range of topics—adaptive behavior, neuropsychology, biological factors in prevention and treatment, psychometrics, cultural and legal considerations, sexuality, and interdisciplinary collaboration in service delivery.
The standards and practices highlighted in this volume will serve as a starting point for further advances as well as for a more profound understanding of the developmental and behavioral processes that are involved in mental retardation and other disorders of human development.