mental deficiency


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mental deficiency

[′men·təl di′fish·ən·sē]
(psychology)
A condition characterized by intellectual retardation, social inadequacy, and persistent dependency.
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"If, as there is reason to think, mental deficiency, much physical inefficiency, chronic pauperism, recidivism are all parts of a single problem, can it be that poor mental endowment manifesting itself in an incapacity for social adjustment and inability to manage one's own affairs, may not be merely a symptom but rather the chief contributory cause of these kindred social evils?
Ellis (Ed.), Handbook of mental deficiency: Psychological theory and research (pp.
Proof that a parent is "suffering from a mental or emotional illness or mental deficiency of such severity that there is no reasonable expectation that such parent will be able to undertake responsibility for the care needed by the child" is considered "prima facie evidence" that the conditions for termination have been met.
Advocacy by the American Association of Mental Deficiency and other organizations led to changes in the cut-off IQ score for MR determination that was formalized in PL 94-142 resulting in the reclassification or declassification of many students who had qualified for services under the new criteria for the MR categorical label.
And along with team captains D-ildo and Joe Leg End, Rrrroddy suffers from that peculiarly American mental deficiency commonly known as "not understanding the concept of a microphone".
After all, anyone who stands around waiting to dive at the feet of an on-rushing striker, fling himself in the way of a point blank shot or try and claim a cross against a burly centre-half, must have some sort of mental deficiency.
Both were born with a rare genetic disorder - phenylketonuria - a severe mental deficiency which could lead to brain damage in later life.
The definition of disability given earlier denotes a person having either a physical or mental deficiency. It seems logical to assume, then, that individuals with disabilities may be at a higher risk to having impaired physical or psychological defenses to contend with stressful.
Thomas Verner Moore, on the topic of the "Sub-Normal Child," in which he argued against the scientific claim that mental deficiency was primarily hereditary.
Thomson (1998), The problem of mental deficiency: Eugenics, democracy and social policy in Britain c.1870-1959, and A.
A recent case in Alberta provides recognition that persons who are mentally ill or suffer from a mental handicap can perform certain legal functions even though they may have a mental deficiency. Specifically, the case of the Weidenberger Estate held that a person with a mental illness can have the capacity to make a valid will.
whose mental deficiency cannot be cured by medical treatment.' (35) Since medical treatment was useless, the State had to accept liability for such people and provide care and training for them.