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Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Wilfred M. Mitchell


What is adjustment? There are almost as many ways of defining it as there are ways of achieving it. To anwer the question one must first try to find the common factor of the varied definitions of adjustment. Sheviakov and Friedberg in their report of the Eight Year Study say, Desirable adjustment was thought of, generally as a process of maturation and adaptation, during which the individual is able to integrate successfully (i.e., without neurotic compromises or delinquent episodes) his primitive impulses and drives with those expectations or demands which are imposed upon him (with reference to his age, sex, social status, race, etc.) by the group to which he belongs.1 The report goes on to say, however, that the evaluation of a person's adjustment must be made not only in terms of existing social standards but also in terms of relationships between various drives and desires within the person himself. With speical reference to the handicapped children of this study, the focus will be upon the handicap itself as themost obvious barrier to adjustment. It is hoped that the study of the present cases will throw some additiona light on the concept of frustration tolerance.



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