Revised and Adopted by Council on June 14, 1996
To be reviewed
Multiple factors contribute to the development of intelligence. It is a grave error when heredity is promulgated as the sole or primary factors indicative of intelligence and then it is coupled with race or ethnicity.
As clinicians, researchers, and teachers, child and adolescent psychiatrists are acutely aware of the multiple influences that impact (negatively or positively) on the make up of a child. All should deplore the call by supporters of heredity as a sole basis for intelligence and use this for the political/physical dissolution of remediation and social programs. The value and effectiveness of many such programs are well documented; we urge when indicated the continuation of such services and programs and when reasoned evidence suggest transition to new and better programs.