Portland State University. School of Social Work
Date of Award
Master of Social Work (MSW)
1 online resource (83 p.)
People with mental disabilities -- Oregon -- Multnomah County
This is a study of mild and borderline mentally retarded adults living in Multnomah County, Oregon, who at one time in their lives were patients at Fairview Training School. The concept of “normalization” is merging with the political necessity of “advocacy” to create a different role for the traditionally silent and previously institutionalized retarded citizen, along with new roles for the professional worker with the retarded. Mentally retarded citizens have only recently begun to speak out for themselves; even less frequent it seems, has any concerted listening on the part of the public or professional community which deals day to day with the retarded citizen in the community. This study represents some first steps toward listening to the retarded citizen’s new voice, toward a more humanistic appraisal of the life styles of this group.
We have been concerned with the elusive concept of dependent versus independent living in the day to day life of this population, i.e., Educable Mentally Retarded (EMR) adults. Since very little is known about this population in our community, our effort can be considered an exploratory descriptive study of the life styles of mild/borderline previously institutionalized adults.
Kiley, Susan J.; Sher, Jeffrey D.; and Sunshine, Richard C., "A descriptive study of previously institutionalized educable mentally retarded adults residing in Multnomah County, Oregon" (1975). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1912.