The impact of the child's deficiency on the father: a study of fathers of mentally retarded and of chronically ill children.

@article{Cummings1976TheIO,
  title={The impact of the child's deficiency on the father: a study of fathers of mentally retarded and of chronically ill children.},
  author={Scott R. Cummings},
  journal={The American journal of orthopsychiatry},
  year={1976},
  volume={46 2},
  pages={246-55}
}
Psychological assessments of fathers of mentally retarded, of chronically ill, and of healthy children indicate that the first two groups undergo significant stress associated with their fathering a handicapped child. Some fathers of mentally retarded children appear subject to a pattern of neurotic-like constriction. Differences in the experiences of fathers and mothers of deficient children are discussed, and suggestions for treatment are offered.