Parents of Handicapped Children: Their Problems and Attitudes as Seen in a Study of Six Cases Selected From the Hospital for Special Surgery

Grace Frances Auer, Fordham University

Abstract

Extensive material has been written on the effects a physical handicap has upon a child and the many resulting problems encountered by him. However, when we consider the fact that the handicapped child is an integral part of a family group, we realize that the physical handicap not only has an impact upon the child himself but also upon the people who are closest to him, namely, his family. Parents, being only human, react in varied ways when an element of imperfection has been imposed upon their child. This physical imperfection takes on different significance to different parents. The writer’s aim will be to concentrate on the problems and attitudes of the parents of the afflicted child. Background of Study. The six children to be presented in this study were selected from the writer’s active caseload at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The children range in age from three and one half years to fourteen years. Three of the youngsters have congenital handicaps and three have acquired handicaps. They have varied diagnoses and are, therefore, known to several clinics at the hospital.

Subject Area

Surgery|Individual & family studies|Health care management|Social work

Recommended Citation

Auer, Grace Frances, "Parents of Handicapped Children: Their Problems and Attitudes as Seen in a Study of Six Cases Selected From the Hospital for Special Surgery" (1957). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670849.
https://research.library.fordham.edu/dissertations/AAI30670849

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