Volume 27, Issue 2 (1998)
A Mile Wide and a Mile Deep: Comprehensive Interventions for Children and Youth With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Their Families
Kevin P. Quinn, James L. McDougal
Abstract: The problems experienced by youth with emotional and behavioral disorders(EBD) exact an enormous personal, social, and financial toll on the individuals themselves,their families, and the communities in which they live. Research indicates the problems typically evinced by youth with EBD are highly predictive of severe long-term difficulty across virtually every aspect of life adjustment. Three distinct, yet related, mental health initiatives for children and youth are discussed. Distilled, these initiatives consist of school-based best practices, individualized care, stakeholder collaboration, intensive service coordination, and family-centered services. We contend these recommended aspects of care are entirely congruent with school psychologists’ espoused role and provide the profession with an opportunity to realize long desired changes in role and function.
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