Voices of the Past: The Study of the Care and Treatment of Children from the Rhode Island State Home and School of the O'Rourke Children's Center

Susan B. Hughes, Rhode Island College


Voices of the Past is a research study that will examine data from various areas to analyze the treatment and care of children in the Rhode Island State Home and School and the O'Rourke Children's Center. Oral testimonies of past residents and staff workers will also be analyzed for this purpose. It will be necessary to understand the objectives that were contributory to the development of these institutions for a comparison of the treatment. This study appropriately calls the attention to the importance of the ethical treatment regarding humans in research. For the purpose of this study and possible future studies, a methodology was created that incorporates these principles.