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August 1959

The Development of Ten Children with Blindness as a Result of Retrolental Fibroplasia: A Four-Year Longitudinal Study

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(2):198-220. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020200007

It is well known that many children who are blind from birth or early infancy have normal intelligence, make adequate social adjustments and are successful in school.1-3 These children ultimately lead constructive, independent, happy adult lives. There are successful teachers, chemists, physicists, doctors, psychologists, entertainers, and businessmen, as well as housewives, who are blind.4

The parent who is faced with the problem of rearing a blind infant has a difficult task. The emotional reaction of most adults to the handicap of blindness is very great.5,6 We, as a society are highly visually oriented, witness the growth of the television industry. Society does not readily accept a blind person. The parent of a blind infant has all of these feelings plus the feelings of being in some way responsible for the child's blindness. Such a parent, therefore, finds that he has to cope with these intense emotional feelings

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