Portland State University. Department of Social Work
Date of Publication
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Children with mental disabilities -- Family relationships, Mental retardation -- Diagnosis, Counseling
1 online resource (70 pages)
This is a report of a descriptive study in which a random sample of fifty out of four hundred returned questionnaires from parents with a mentally retarded child were analyzed. The foci of analysis were: (1) parental attitudes toward the child; (2) the changes experienced by the family as affected by birth order and sex of the mentally retarded child; (3) how the diagnosis was accomplished; and (4) how in their opinion services during this diagnostic period could be improved. The data revealed that: (1) protectiveness toward the child is the predominant parental response; (2) negative changes are probably twice as high with an only child who is retarded; (3) male retardates are somewhat more disruptive than are female; (4) diagnosis must be individualized; however, generalizations which can be made include: understandable language, patience, empathy, and above all honesty.
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Daggett, Betty, "Counseling Problems that Accompany the Diagnosis of Mental Retardation" (1973). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1606.