The needs of young mentally retarded adults

Shunit Reiter, Edward Whelan

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The needs of young retarded adults were analysed from responses made to a series of photographs. Content analysis was carried out and the frequency of occurrence of certain ideas was recorded for each subject. Findings are interpreted in the light of Maslow's theory of the Hierarchy of Needs. It is concluded that young retarded adults are motivated by the needs for “Safety and Belonging” — the lower order needs in Maslow's Hierarchy. The higher order needs for “Esteem and Self Actualisation”, were not found to occur in the responses. 1976 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-22
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Institute of Mental Subnormality (APEX)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Pediatrics


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