"Is it functional?" A question for music therapists who work with the institutionalized mentally retarded
Journal/Book: Journal of Music Therapy. 1987; 24: 170-175.
Abstract: Explored the effect of different psychopedagogical factors on the adaptation process of 365 1st-year students at a Polish university. It is concluded that stimulation to eliminate conduct disorders and to optimize control of one's personality is valid in the pedagogical university setting. ABSTRACT 2: The criterion of ultimate functioning is beginning to be the standard for treatment in institutions for the mentally retarded. The medical and developmental models ar being replaced as standards because they are not considered sufficiently effective for seinstitutionalizing adult severely and profoundly retarded clients. Music therapists are being required to devise treatment plans to develop functional leisure time skills that clients can pursue independently in a community setting.
Note: creative therapy; college students with adaptation disorders; Poland
Keyword(s): Art therapy; creativity ; social adjustment; music therapy; college students; adulthood, mental-retardation, developmental-disabilities, institutionalized, music-therapist, functional, treatment, treatment-plans, leisure-activities.