FIGURE 4-1 Social competence model. SOURCE: Gresham & Elliott (1987). Copyright 1987 by PRO-ED, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

with the label” (p. 69). Very recently Greenspan (1999) proposed ideas for assessing vulnerability in a comprehensive assessment of adaptive behavior or social competence. As there is no research yet on credulity in people with mental retardation, these proposals for assessment are unlikely to be found in practice in the next several years. Nevertheless, there is merit to the idea of considering these subtle indicators of social competence, i.e., vulnerability, gullibility, and credulity, as important indicators of adaptive behavior in people with mild cognitive impairments.

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