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Wrong Jane Mercer?

Jane E. Mercer

Sociologist

University of California

HQ Phone:  (510) 587-6000

Email: j***@***.edu

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The University of California opened its doors in 1869 with just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today, the UC system includes more than 238,000 students and more than 190,000 faculty and staff, with more than 1.7 million alumni living and working around th...more

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The Legacy of Malthus : The Social Costs of the New Scientific Racism by Allan Chase | Earth Emperor

www.earthemperor.com [cached]

By "misbranding" I mean like the time when University of California sociologist Jane E. Mercer ". . . revealed that 75 percent of the Mexican-American and black-American children classified as being mentally retarded solely on the basis of their IQ test scores-and who were subsequently placed in psychologically deforming school classes for the mentally retarded as a result-were of perfectly normal mentality.
[37] In our own times, a famous study begun in Riverside, California, over a decade ago by the University of California sociologist Jane E. Mercer has revealed that 75 percent of the Mexican-American and black-American children classified as being mentally retarded solely on the basis of their IQ test scores-and who were subsequently placed in psychologically deforming school classes for the mentally retarded as a result-were of perfectly normal mentality. According to Dr. Mercer, these pseudo-retardates would never have been mislabeled as "mentally retarded" if their adaptive behavior and other equally significant behavioral and sociocultural variables had been taken into account in their diagnoses. [40]


Problem Child?

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Jane Mercer, a University of California sociologist, studied a group of children who had been placed in institutions for the mentally retarded.
Some of them had ultimately gone home to their parents and communities, while others had remained in the hospital. What distinguished these two groups? Mercer found that those who returned to their communities had never accepted the "retarded" label. Encouraged by their parents and other family members, these children believed from the very beginning that they didn't belong in institutions, that they were not mentally deficient. In contrast, the group that stagnated in the institution - a group with similar IQs and comparable on most vital statistics - consisted of people whose families had accepted the label. Children often need a stubborn advocate - a father or mother - who can be an effective stopgap between label and reality, thereby keeping the child from coming to believe that he is all those terrible things the world says.


Problem Child?

www.brighterpathways.com [cached]

Jane Mercer, a University of California sociologist, studied a group of children who had been placed in institutions for the mentally retarded.
Some of them had ultimately gone home to their parents and communities, while others had remained in the hospital. What distinguished these two groups? Mercer found that those who returned to their communities had never accepted the "retarded" label. Encouraged by their parents and other family members, these children believed from the very beginning that they didn't belong in institutions, that they were not mentally deficient. In contrast, the group that stagnated in the institution - a group with similar IQs and comparable on most vital statistics - consisted of people whose families had accepted the label. Children often need a stubborn advocate - a father or mother - who can be an effective stopgap between label and reality, thereby keeping the child from coming to believe that he is all those terrible things the world says.


Racism Resurgent

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Although sociologist Jane Mercer has shown that supposed racial differences in IQ vanish if one controls for a variety of socio-economic variables, the authors reject her method because their theories assume that low IQ causes people to be poor, rather than poverty causing low IQs.


Electric Edge/Fighting to Keep 'em in

www.raggededgemagazine.com [cached]

"There is no credible evidence of a mortality crisis among those who are placed in community care settings," writes Dr. Jane Mercer in her report, "Statistics Should Not Undermine Freedoms for Development-ally Disabled Californians."Mercer, a sociologist, is also from the University of California at Riverside.Her report, compiled in the wake of the Strauss report, was released last July, a year after the Strauss report.


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