Title

The feebleminded female: an historical analysis of mental retardation as a social definition, 1890-1920

Date of Award

1977

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Teaching and Leadership

Keywords

Developmentally disabled

Subject Categories

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the concept "feebleminded female" as it was use by the professionals in an institution for the mentally retarded at the turn of the century. ...

It will become evident rather quickly that the concept was to a large extent a social construct, in the same way that people have thought about mental health, crime, sex roles and mental retardation.

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