Mental Retardation Term Paper by ABCs

Mental Retardation
An overview of the symptoms, causes, effects and prevalence of mental retardation.
# 113031 | 1,816 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2009 in Psychology (Disorders) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper discusses the categories of mental retardation that include mild, moderate, severe and profound mental retardation and their prevalence. The paper lists the signs and symptoms of retardation as well as the causes, treatments and prognosis and then relates the writer's personal perception of the mentally retarded in society.

Signs and symptoms

From the Paper:

"Mental retardation is generally understood as a condition that affects the mental and cognitive functioning of the individual and reduces social and learning skills. The prevalence of mental retardation is relatively high in developed countries and this can lead to various problems in terms of care and treatment. It can have far-reaching consequences for the healthcare system and society, as well as for the family or caregivers that live with or treat the retarded individuals. On the other hand it is important to realize that there are many different degrees and types of mental retardation. Those with mild to moderate retardation generally have a good prognosis in term of treatment and functioning in society. A growing awareness of the causes and the ways in which this condition can be treated has resulted in a better understanding of the condition and has provided more avenues for enabling the mild to moderate mentally retarded individual to integrate and function in society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Definitions of Mental Retardation: A Chronological List with Dates andReferences. Retrieved June 24, 2008, from
  • Goldstein, G. and Shapiro B. ( 2007) Mental Retardation. Retrieved June 24, 2008, from
  • Lustig D. C. ( 1996) Family adaptation to a young adult with mental retardation. Journal of Rehabilitation, Oct-Dec, 1996. Retrieved June 24, 2008, from;col1
  • Mental Retardation. Retrieved June 24, 2008, from
  • Mental Retardation ( Developmental Disability). Retrieved June 24, 2008, from

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APA Format

Mental Retardation (2009, March 15) Retrieved January 19, 2022, from

MLA Format

"Mental Retardation" 15 March 2009. Web. 19 January. 2022. <>