The Effect of Developmental Disabilities on Mental Health


  • Gerald S. Golden MD

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      Gerald S. Golden, MD, Child Development Division, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 77550.


Behavioral abnormalities in the developmentally disabled child are usually ascribed to parental mismanagement of a child perceived as abnormal. (Review of the available data points to the existence of primary behavioral abnormalities due directly to the cerebral dysfunction.) This has important implications for parental counseling and management.