Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Post Transition Planning–Young Adult Stories—Perspectives on School and Life: A Case Study of Employment, Social, Family and Mental Health Management Outcomes of Three Young Adults Who Completed Two or More Years of High School in an Emotional and Behavioral Special Education Program in Partial Hospitalization1 Setting
by Rae, JoAnn Marie, Ed.D., Arcadia University, 2011, 235; 3448164
Abstract (Summary)

How do those students who have received their special education program while attending a partial hospital program, and have since graduated, negotiate the transition to adulthood? Using a qualitative research design, this case study examines the postsecondary outcomes of three young adults who spent two or more years of their adolescence in a partial hospital program where they participated in a set of coordinated activities meant to facilitate improved post-school outcomes. Data collection for this study involves multiple sources, including archival data, multiple interviews, observation, physical artifacts, a survey, and a life-satisfaction questionnaire. The outcomes examined include employment and educational status, independent living, social supports, and ongoing mental health management. Results are considered in terms of an examination of partial hospital outcomes and the participants' perspectives about the partial hospital program. Their perspectives may suggest directions in transition planning for students with mental health disorders. (Key words: partial hospital, mental health, mental illness, special education, emotional support, mental health disorders, post-secondary transition, qualitative research design, case study, protective factors)

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ager, Christina
School: Arcadia University
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-B 72/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Special education
Keywords: Adolescents, Emotional support, Employment, Mental health disorders, Postsecondary transition
Publication Number: 3448164
ISBN: 978-1-124-53890-7
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