The feebleminded female: an historical analysis of mental retardation as a social definition, 1890-1920
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Teaching and Leadership
Special Education and Teaching
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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Brager, Madeline C., "The feebleminded female: an historical analysis of mental retardation as a social definition, 1890-1920" (1977). Teaching and Leadership - Dissertations. 198.