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October 1968

Emotional Disturbances in Mentally Retarded Children: Diagnostic and Treatment Aspects

Author Affiliations

From the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(4):456-464. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740100072011

THERE is increasing concern for the emotional plight of mentally retarded children. Emphasis has changed from attempts at differentiation between emotional disturb ANCE and mental retardation in young children, to exploring the interaction of both of these disorders in any given child. In this presentation I shall review our experiences with 256 children who had been evaluated by a multidisciplinary team as part of a larger total referral sample, and who had been judged to be both emotionally disturbed and mentally retarded.

Sample  Since 1958 there has been an active multidisciplinary mental retardation clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Primary attention has been given to the evaluation of young children who had been suspected as manifesting the symptom of mental retardation by a variety of referral sources. From 1958 to mid-1966 a total of 1,025 young children were thoroughly evaluated (including

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