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ERIC Number: ED326025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Transition Needs for Children with Chronic Illness into Adulthood: Alleviating the Concerns of Families with Information and Knowledge.
Nehring, Wendy M.
The study examined agreement and disagreement between 24 adolescents (age 15-20) with chronic illness and their mothers on questions relating to the adolescent's transition into adulthood. The subjects were divided into two groups: one with mobility impairments and one with general health impairments. Areas examined included health, finances, work, living arrangements, recreation, mobility, communication, self-care, and socialization. Significant differences were found between: (1) adolescents with mobility impairments and their parents regarding whether they would have health problems as adults; (2) adolescents in each group and their parents regarding whether they expect to have children; (3) adolescents in each group and their parents regarding whether or not they had knowledge of financial programs and/or agencies. Seventy-five percent of the adolescents felt that they could fully support themselves as adults, while only 33% of the mothers of general health-impaired adolescents and 67% of the mothers of mobility-impaired adolescents felt so. Compared to the general health-impaired adolescents, more adolescents with mobility impairments and their mothers identified a need for special living arrangements as adults. Future normal employment was agreed upon by adolescents and their mothers. (40 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Developmental Disabilities-Young Adult Institute (New York, NY, April 18-20, 1990). Partial funding for this study was provided by the Illinois Division of Services for Crippled Children.