Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

D.T. Pedrini

Second Advisor

W.E. Jaynes

Third Advisor

B. Byers


Rothstein (1962, pp. 582, 583) in summarizing some of the findings which were issued at the 1960 meeting of the White House Conference on Children and Youth stated:

That there are 5,000,000 retarded individuals of all ages in America ....That 95 out of 100,000 citizens in the United States are receiving care in residential institutions for the mentally retarded....That, of the number of retarded individuals admitted to state institutions for the first time, 85 percent are under 20 years of age ... The proportion of institutionalized educable retarded individuals is dropping, hut the proportion of institutionalized children with I.Q.s below 50 is increasing considerably ....That $250,000,000 a year is being spent by state governments to operate institutions for 150,000 retarded Individuals....That between 1950-1957, 10,000 beds were added to institutions for the mentally retarded, but there are approximately 10,000-15,000 on waiting lists for admission.

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