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The Mentally Ill Child Grows Up: Transitions to the World of Work

Dianne S. Elfenbein, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(9):999. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170340113024.
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The impetus for this book came from the author's experiences (1) as a director of programs for emotionally disturbed children, adolescents, and adults, and (2) in researching and writing about transitions to employment for individuals with mental illness. The book begins with an overview of the problems of educating individuals with mental illness; a brief commentary on the mentally ill adolescent is given. The history of special education from 1958 onward and the tremendous effect of Children With Disabilities Public Law 94-142 on improving the services for and recognizing the difficulties of teaching the emotionally handicapped are elucidated. The laws that govern and provide special programs for the handicapped are listed and discussed as are some of the problems faced when a handicapped adolescent acquires and tries to retain a job. Some of the problems faced in coordinating the different programs available for the handicapped and the characteristics of successful


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