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Awareness of negative social conditions among mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed outpatients
Am J Psychiatry 1984;141:88-90.
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Many mentally retarded people experience negative social conditions for long periods in their lives. These include the stigmatizing effects of being labeled mentally retarded, rejection and ridicule, segregation, infantilization, social disruption, restricted opportunities, and victimization. Many mildly and some moderately retarded people are highly aware of these negative social realities and can articulate them in detail during psychotherapy interviews; the authors describe three such patients. There is a need for research on the possible effect of prolonged exposure to negative social conditions on the mental health of mentally retarded persons.

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