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Deceased loved ones in the dreams of mentally retarded adults.

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posted on 1987-11-01, 00:00 authored by J L Turner, Joe Graffam
Dream reports were collected over a 10-year period as part of an ethnographic study of mentally retarded employees in a sheltered workshop. Deceased loved ones, usually parents or other family members, figured prominently as characters in many of these dreams. Dreams about the dead were often recurring and elicited salient emotional reactions from the dreamers. The various forms that these dreams take and their characteristic thematic content were described for 154 dreams by 60 dreamers. Some of the percepts and feelings that reflect the dreamers' understanding of their dreams were also noted. Findings reveal that the dream life of retarded adults is much more rich and diverse than previous studies suggest. Clinical implications and the occurrence of similar dreams among nonretarded persons were discussed.

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Journal

American journal of mental retardation : AJMR

Volume

92

Issue

3

Pagination

282 - 289

Publisher

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Location

United States

ISSN

0895-8017

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

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