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1. List the primary features of autism.

2. Which explanation for autism lacks research support and is no longer considered valid?

3. What forms of treatment are helpful for a person with autism?

4. List the criteria for a diagnosis of mental retardation.

5. Explain one way in which sociocultural biases in testing might pose problems for assessing mental retardation.

6. Of the four levels of mental retardation, into which category do most people with mental retardation fall?

7. What are the main types of biological causes of mental retardation?

8. What is the only way to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome?

9. What are normalization and mainstreaming?

10. What is your opinion about mainstreaming and normalization for children and adults with autism or mental retardation?

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1. List the primary features of autism.

2. Which explanation for autism lacks research support and is no longer considered valid?

3. What forms of treatment are helpful for a person with autism?

4. List the criteria for a diagnosis of mental retardation.

5. Explain one way in which sociocultural biases in testing might pose problems for assessing mental retardation.

6. Of the four levels of mental retardation, into which category do most people with mental retardation fall?

7. What are the main types of biological causes of mental retardation?

8. What is the only way to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome?

9. What are normalization and mainstreaming?

10. What is your opinion about mainstreaming and normalization for children and adults with autism or mental retardation?

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The DSM-IV is an important tool for clinicians. It provides a standard for diagnoses to be standardized across psychology; however, the DSM-IV is not as precise for diagnosing personality disorders as some psychologists would like.

Give an example of each of the following problems identified in your readings and explain how these problems could negatively affect a diagnosis.

1. Some criteria used for reaching a diagnosis cannot be observed directly.
2. Personality disorders can be similar to each other.
3. People with different personalities can be given the same diagnosis
4. Do you think that personality disorders are true mental illnesses? Why or why not?

Grading Guide: You answered the following thoroughly and substantively:

1. Some criteria used for reaching a diagnosis cannot be observed directly.

2. Personality disorders can be similar to each other.

3. People with different personalities can be given the same diagnosis.

4. Do you think that personality disorders are true mental illnesses? Why or why not?

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