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A method of rating behaviour characteristies for use in large scale surveys of mental handicap

  • Albert Kushlick (a1), Roger Blunden (a1) and Gillian Cox (a1)


Two scales are described which have been found useful in the measurement of relevant behaviour characteristics of mentally handicapped people in large scale surveys. One scale rates according to levels of continence, ambulance, and the presence of specified disruptive behaviours, while the other reflects speech, self-help, and literacy abilities. This information has been found useful in the planning and implementation of services for the mentally handicapped.



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