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Western Australia - Glossary Term

Mentally Deficient

Categories
Term commonly found on child welfare records
Alternative Names
  • Backward Child (also known as)
  • Educationally Retarded (also known as)
  • Mental Defective (also known as)
  • Mentally Retarded (also known as)
  • Retarded Scholastically (also known as)

The term mentally deficient was used in Western Australia from around the 1920s to the late 1970s to describe people with intellectual disabilities. Other terms included educationally retarded, mentally retarded, backward and retarded scholastically.

Details

Examples of these terms being used occur throughout the reports of the government departments responsible for the care and protection of children and young people.

Publications

Newspaper Articles

  • 'The Army and Mental Deficients', The War Cry, 1 January 1927. Details

Online Resources

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Glossary of terms relating to mental hospitals, Western Australia
Title
Glossary of terms relating to mental hospitals, Western Australia
Type
Document
Date
2012
Source
Dr Philippa Martyr, Department of Health Western Australia
Note
p.5

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Glossary of terms relating to mental hospitals, Western Australia [Document], Date: 2012; Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser