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We're People First: The Social and Emotional Lives of Individuals with Mental Retardation (Hardback)
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We're People First: The Social and Emotional Lives of Individuals with Mental Retardation (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 20/03/1996
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This book describes the course of social and emotional development in children and adults with mental retardation. Based on empirical research exploring the effect of cognitive delays and socialization for incompetence on normal developmental milestones, the text is supplemented and enriched by the reflections of individuals with mental retardation. Castles begins with an overview of social and emotional development in intellectually normal persons and a discussion of how this process is affected by the experience of mental retardation. Subsequent chapters deal with changing relationships between persons with retardation and their families throughout their lifespans; friendships and social skills; self-esteem, coping skills, and stigmas; and major issues of adult life such as work, sexuality, marriage, and parenthood. This book will be useful to educators, mental health professionals, vocational counselors, and the families of persons with developmental disabilities. Chapters include specific recommendations for how professionals and family members might help to improve the social and emotional functioning of individuals with mental retardation. The final section of the book focuses on mental health concerns, describing the nature and causes of emotional disturbance in persons with mental retardation and outlining resources for intervention and treatment. This book will be invaluable to educators, mental health profesionals, vocational counselors, and the families of persons with developmental disabilities.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275952433
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 230 x 162 x 23 mm


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"This readable text fills a gap by providing sound empirical and clinical information on emotional functioning of individuals with mental retardation. It will be of use to professionals, direct care staff, and students in Psychology courses. With increasing participation of individuals with disabilities in community life, there is pressing need for their social and emotional concerns to be better understood by the people that they will encounter."- Kathy S. Katz, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Medical Center
"We're People First" fills a void--actually a chasm--in the literature on mental retardation. For most of this century, scientists have focused on the cognitive nature of mental retardation, overlooking how the condition affects real people who lead real lives. Castles awakens us to the fact that our technical knowledge tells only half the story. Her insights into the human side of mental retardation tell the very important other half and can greatly enrich the thinking of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers grappling with issues regarding individual differences in intelligence."-Edward Zigler, Ph.D. Sterling Professor of Psychology, Yale University

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