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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 56-59

Social development of children with mental retardation

1 Subdivisional Hospital, Pusa, Samastipur (Bihar) - 848 125, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Ranchi Institute of Neuro Psychiatry and Allied Sciences,Kanke, Ranchi - 834006, India
3 Chief Medical Officer, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand - 834 006, India

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Indrabhushan Kumar
Subdivisional Hospital, Pusa, Samastipur (Bihar) - 848 125
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.57862

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Background: Social development of children with mental retardation has implications for prognosis. The present study evaluated whether the social maturity scale alone can reflect on the social maturity, intellectual level and consequent adjustment in family and society of children with mental retardation. Materials and Methods: Thirty-five mentally retarded children were administered Vineland Social Maturity Scale and Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale. Results: It was found that there was significant relationship between the measures of social maturity scale and the IQ of the subjects. Further it was found that with increasing severity of retardation, social development also decreases and age does not have any effect on social development. Conclusion: Social quotient increases from profound to mild level of retardation.

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