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Am J Ment Retard. 2001 Jan;106(1):4-15.

Strengthening behavioral research on genetic mental retardation syndromes.

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  • 1UCLA School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles 90095-1521, USA.


In this article we examine the status of behavioral research on genetic mental retardation syndromes. Although surveys suggest increased interest in such research, the field continues to struggle with three methodological issues: (a) how to think about control or contrast groups, (b) the interplay of behavioral phenotypes with development and other factors relating to within-group variation, and (c) the efficacy of etiology-based interventions. For each issue, we discuss salient concerns and make suggestions for future work.

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