The Mentally Handicapped Adolescent

The Mentally Handicapped Adolescent

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

1st Edition - January 1, 1971

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  • Author: Eileen P. Baranyay
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483186702

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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

  • Foreword


    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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 178
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1971
  • Published: January 1, 1971
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483186702

About the Author

Eileen P. Baranyay

About the Editor

H. L. Freeman

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