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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


This thesis focuses on the transition to adulthood of young people with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties (E/BD). These young people present complex, multi-dimensional challenges at the nexus of social work, special education and mental health practice. Through there is growing recognition of the many difficulties this population experiences, there is much less clear consensus about evidence-based, best practice for intervention with this population. The present paper highlights the importance of the challenges faced by E/BD youth for practice and social policy; summarizes what is known about this population and these challenges through a comprehensive review of the literature; identifies extant, best practice intervention models; and concludes by offering a theory-informed template for future research and program development


iii, 73 p. Abstract and title page at end of file Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 69-73).