College of Education

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Pedagogical Studies

First Advisor

Clarence D. Kron, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Spencer K. Thompson, Ph.D.


A demographic study was made of the public schools in Texas and it was found that the majority of the emotionally disturbed students are White, non-Hispanic. At the same time, the results of the study indicated that the majority of the public schools in Texas are serving less than two percent of the total student enrollment with programs for the emotionally disturbed. Further examination indicated that overall, the public schools in Texas are failing to serve 12% of the student population with special education services. Further results indicated that not only are the emotionally disturbed students primarily White, non-Hispanic, but they are also the primary ones being served in predominantly Hispanic populated counties. Moreover, the results indicated that many predominantly Hispanic populated counties are without any established programs for the emotionally disturbed; yet, these same counties readily provide services for the mentally retarded and the learning disabled.


E184.M5.M36 1980



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