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Dr. Jane Mercer

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Sociologist

University of California

Sociologist

University of California statistician David Strauss

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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.


Electric Edge/Fighting to Keep 'em in

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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.The statistics on death rates are incomplete and certainly misunderstood, it says.Mercer's report received no press at all, in stark contrast to the Strauss report.

Mercer's report outlines the history of California's most recent move from institutions : that in the 1980s, a group of parents grew tired of waiting for the state to create placements for their children with developmental disabilities in the community and sued the state of California.This resulted in the 1993 Coffelt settlement, in which the California Department of Developmental Services agreed to move at least 2, 000 people with developmental disabilities from state developmental centers into the community in five years.California lived up to its agreement -- which sparked the backlash documented and supported by the Chronicle.


the party line: September 2005

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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.ragged-edge-mag.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.


Racism Resurgent: How Media Let The Bell Curve's Pseudo-Science Define the Agenda on Race

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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.Similarly, even though IQ tests show that average scores are rising--by as much as 15 points since World War II--"real" IQs must be falling, since low IQ women are having more babies.

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