Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 33–43 | Cite as

Parents' initial reactions to having a mentally retarded child: A concept and model for social workers

  • Allan Sieffert


Motivated by the knowledge that the initial reaction experience to having a mentally retarded child is a critical determinant of parental responses for years to come, this paper attempts a close look at and a detailed conceptualization of that experience. In so doing, it has taken into account the available information and understandings and has particularly striven to integrate the psychoanalytic and crisis views. The hoped-for result is a concept that is realistic and a model that is specific, comprehensive, and affirmative enough to be readily usable by social workers.


Social Worker Initial Reaction Parental Response Reaction Experience Critical Determinant 
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© Human Sciences Press 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Sieffert
    • 1
  1. 1.Topeka

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