ERIC Number: ED326025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
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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)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Childhood Needs, Chronic Illness, Communication Skills, Daily Living Skills, Employment, Expectation, Financial Needs, Health Needs, Independent Living, Individual Needs, Interpersonal Competence, Mothers, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Physical Disabilities, Physical Mobility, Recreational Activities, Self Care Skills, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Special Health Problems, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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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.