Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. William Callahan

Second Advisor

Dr. Leo Cloninger

Third Advisor

Dr. Eugene Ereund

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Lawrence Hilton


The attitudes parents have towards their retarded child are formed by many people. Previous contact and knowledge about mental retardation is one. The others are, contacts with the medical profession, reactions from other family members, and how the community supports and helps this group of people. Guilt and anger that parents have also contribute to their attitudes. In many cases the parents will feel a groundless personal guilt. (World Health Organization, 1954).


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Special Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Barbara Burman Bronston December, 1975