The Mentally Handicapped Adolescent - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080162713, 9781483186702

The Mentally Handicapped Adolescent

1st Edition

The Slough Project of the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children: An Experimental Step Towards Life in the Community

Authors: Eileen P. Baranyay
Editors: H. L. Freeman
eBook ISBN: 9781483186702
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1971
Page Count: 178
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The Mentally Handicapped Adolescent: The Slough Project of the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children: An Experimental Step Towards Life in the Community is a documentation of the said project. The title aims to examine the mechanisms of the project. The Slough projects aims to analyze the feasibility of effectively integrating mentally handicapped adolescent to the community through the training. The text first details the prospects of the project, and then proceeds to discussing the projects during its implementation. Next, the selection provides a retrospective analysis of the projects, along with the achievements of the project. The text also discusses the recommendation for future planning. The book will be of great interest to psychologists, sociologists, and community social workers.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Slough in Prospect

Social climate

Implications of broader concept of education

Research findings into effects of social and emotional deprivation

Awareness of need for emphasis on social aspect of personality for the severely subnormal

Role of environmental conditions during adolescence

Function of group membership upon culture for the adolescent

Pioneer work of Clarke and Clarke, Tizard, O'Connor, and change of attitude towards industrial abilities of the severely subnormal

Impetus of Mental Health Act of 1959 to provision of community services for mentally subnormal

Change of attitude towards large institutions for care of the young, the sick, and the aged

Continuous advocacy of hostel provision as alternative to hospitalization

Mental HealthYear 1960—Growth of National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children

Concept of Slough Project evolved

General Secretary of the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children, inspired by workers such as Tizard and Gunzburg

Slough Project, a logical successor to the Brooklands Experiment

Aims of the Slough Project

Outline features of the scheme:

Location of hostels and workshop

Workshop design

Hostel accommodation and furnishings

Type and selection of trainees

"Family" emphasis in way of life

Provision for male and female trainees

Length of training


Sources of finance

Medical facilities


Chapter 2 Slough in Action

The Industrial Training Unit

The hostel

Leisure activities and community contacts

Directed social training

The international role of the project

The role of Slough as a centre for visitors

Chapter 3 Slough in Retrospect

Analysis of applications for entry to Slough

Analysis of entries according to the local authority sponsoring

Distinctive features of the group selected

Scores on entry and on discharge on the Vineland Social MaturityScale of 44 trainees

Implications of the training from the angle of the trainees

Value of the training as estimated by the parents

Follow-up of those with training completed by time of transfer of the Project to Buckinghamshire County Council

Selected case studies

Chapter 4 Achievements of the Slough Project

Chapter 5 Recommendations for Future Planning

Chapter 6 Conclusions




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About the Author

Eileen P. Baranyay

About the Editor

H. L. Freeman

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