Personality as a Selection Criterion for Education of the Mentally Deficient


  • Cristina Stratulat Danubius University of Galati


personality; deficiency of intellect; learning difficulties; educational – therapeutic act; inclusive school


The mental deficiency problematics represents a controversial and thoroughly studied field
by the literature, the specificity of its typologies, its etiology and the inclusion of this particular category
in society in general and in education in particular, representing some of the few directions followed by
the specialists. This article proposes an exhaustive theoretical approach of the structure of personality
of the mentally deficient, with a particular incision on the deficiency of intellect and how its
symptomatic portrait can influence the integration of the mentally deficient and the selection of the type
of education, inclusive or separate. The personality is in this way perceived as a factor of influence but
at the same time as a premise for choosing the educational context for the mentally deficient.

Author Biography

Cristina Stratulat, Danubius University of Galati

Student, 2rd year, Faculty of Behavioural and Applied Sciences, specialization Psychology


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How to Cite

Stratulat, C. (2024). Personality as a Selection Criterion for Education of the Mentally Deficient. New Trends in Psychology, 6(1), 75–85. Retrieved from




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