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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1942. School of Social Work.


Copyright 1942, the author. Used by permission.


This study and evaluation of Nebraska’s care for the mentally deficient was undertaken, with the consent of the Board of Control in order to learn more about its present program, and to provide a basis for further research and planning. Part I was limited to a brief resume of Nebraska’s progress, with tables indicating the Institution’s trend of growth both in population and cost.

The writer spend about ten days at the Walter E. Fernald School, Waverly, Massachusetts, and at Letchworth Village, Thiells, New York, studying the individual program of each institution. The information obtained furnished the basis for the material in Part II. Later, the writer spend about five days at the Nebraska Institution for the Feeble-Minded, Beatrice, Nebraska, observing its program and practices. The data secured is incorporated in Part III. As a result of the total study, Part IV offers some general conclusions regarding the present institutional program for the mentally deficient in Nebraska.

Advisor: Hattie Plum Williams