Date of Award


Document Type


Superseded Degree Name

Master of Science in Health Services Administration

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Paul Michaels

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Learning disabilities; Learning disabled children--Family relationships; People with mental disabilities--Family relationships; Mainstreaming in education


The researcher surveyed fifty families within the Shawano County, Wisconsin, area who have a mentally retarded member and at least one sibling whose age is between 7 years and 20 years or 30 years and 45 years. The purpose of this project was to ascertain what stress, both sociological and psychological, was felt by the siblings of a mentally retarded individual. The second purpose of the project was to ascertain what inference mainstreaming may have had on the generational age groups. The researcher attempted to identify the problems the sibling of a mentally retarded person felt in regard to social pressures, misconceptions, understanding the disability, and other ramifications which may have affected the sibling's attitude toward the mentally retarded individual. The researcher also surveyed and interviewed area professionals to determine what problems were encountered when dealing with the siblings of the mentally retarded. The researcher found, through surveys and selected interviews, that there are, indeed, pressures felt by the sibling.


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