Author Credentials

Sister Miriam Thomas Gerstenberg, O.S.B.

Date of Award


Document Type


Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Mary Theodore, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with mental disabilities--Family relationships; Children with mental disabilities--Education; Parents of children with disabilities


As a result of personal dealings with parents throughout the past four years at The Benedictine School the need for parent counseling became increasingly evident to the investigator. It was also obvious that some groundwork would first have to be laid before any real consideration of steps to be taken in parent counseling. This "groundwork" began to take shape in the form of several questions which had repeatedly presented themselves to this writer's mind: 1. How thoroughly do the parents understand the child's needs and problems? 2. Have the parents really accepted the child for what he is? 3. What goals have the parents set for the child? 4. How realistic are these goals? 5. Are the parents united in their efforts to help the child? 6. What effect has the child on the marital relationship of the parents? 7. What effect has the child on the siblings? 8. Is there a need here for parent counseling? The purpose of the study, therefore, was to determine as far as possible by questionnaire method, the effects of the retarded child on marital relationship and to assess the attitudes of the parents toward the retarded child.


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