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Table of Contents for
Living Recovery: Youth Speak Out on “Owning” Mental Illness by JoAnn Elizabeth Leavey


Chapter One: Framing the Context for Youth with Mental Illness


Terms Used in This Book

Who Is This Book For?

Redefining Our Understanding of Mental "Illness"

The Journey of Youth Through the Mental Health System

Framing the Context for Youth Living with Mental Illness

The Effects of a Mental Illness Diagnosis on Youth

Youth, Metaphor, and Mental Illness

Youth and the Social Construction of Mental Illness

The Significance and Direction of This Work


Chapter Two: How Do Youth Experience Mental Illness?

Prevalence of Mental Illness

Growing Up: Forming Identity and Developmental Tasks for Young People

Some Common Problems Experienced by Youth with Mental Illness


Chapter Three: Youth Participants: Who Are They?

Research Objectives

Why Use Qualitative Research?

The Interviews

Demographic Profile of Participants

My Impressions of Participants


Chapter Four: Youth Speak: Mental Health Experiences and Needs

Data Analysis: Emergency, Loss, Adaptation, and Recovery (ELAR)

What Do Youth Have to Say?

1. Emergence

2. Loss

3. Adaptation

4. Recovery


Chapter Five: Understanding: Integrating the Results

Integrating the Results and the Stages of Emergence, Loss, Adaptation, and Recovery

General Context

Developing Theory about Youth and Mental Illness: A Framework for Understanding

Considerations for Practice

The Stages of Emergence, Loss, Adaptation, and Recovery

Integration and Implications of Key Findings


Chapter Six: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here?

Gap in Service Delivery

Significance of Early Intervention

Implications and Suggestions for Testing the Theoretical Framework

Adaptation: A Conceptual Approach

Recovery and Wellness

Implications and Suggestions for Future Program and Policy Design

Limits and Benefits of This Research

Suggestions for Future Research