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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Developmentally disabled-Mental health, Developmentally disabled-Care, Post-traumatic stress disorder-Treatment, Behavior modification, Developmental disability, Trauma, Therapy


This theoretical study explored the phenomenon of trauma in adults with developmental disabilities. The study examined adults with developmental disabilities' vulnerabilities to abusive conditions and systemic oppression, increasing the populations' risk of traumatization. The study analyzed trauma theory and behavior modification, comparing the prevalence and treatment implications of each theory on adults with persons with developmental disabilities. Furthermore, findings indicated that there were limitations in research and access to trauma-based therapy, while behavior modification was predominantly used as a treatment remedy. This report concludes with recommendations for the social worker and mental health fields.




iii, 62 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 58-62)