Mental Disorder, Work Disability, and the Law / Edition 1

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A barrage of "handbooks" and "resource manuals" aimed at employers and legal practitioners on the employment rights of people with disabilities has begun to appear. Until now, however, there has been no serious book-length scholarly treatment of how mental disorder can affect work, how work can affect mental disorder, and the role of law in addressing employment discrimination based on mental rather than physical disability. In Mental Disorder, Work Disability and the Law, the editors bring together original work by leading scholars who have studied mental disorder and work disability from the fields of sociology, psychology, psychiatry, law, and economics. The authors' contributions build upon one another to create the first integrated account of the important policy issues at stake when law deals with the rights of mentally disordered citizens to work when they are able to, and to receive benefits when they are not.

This book will be of great value to scholars in law and the mental health professions and to policy makers and the administrators of disability programs.

Sections covering entitlement programs, Americans with Disabilities Act, employment patterns, individual choice.

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Focuses on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, vocational rehabilitation statutes, and various forms of insurance and social welfare legislation to the interactions between work and people with mental or emotional disorders. Some of the ten studies consider people with mental retardation or mental deficiency. Also discusses epidemiology and constrained choices. Of interest to professionals in law, mental health, and such fields as labor economics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Work Disability and the Fabric of Mental Health Law: An Introduction 1
1 Serious and Severe Mental Illness and Work: What Do We Know? 13
2 Employment Patterns among Persons with and without Mental Conditions 25
3 "No Other Way to Go": Pathways to Disability Income Application among Persons with Severe Persistent Mental Illness 55
4 Mental Disorders, Work, and Choice 105
5 Economic Opportunities and Disincentives for People with Mental Illness 131
6 Mental Disabilities and the Disability Fabric 153
7 The Americans with Disabilities Act Mental Disability, and Work 203
8 Equality and Difference in the ADA: Unintended Consequences for Employment of People with Mental Health Disabilities 221
9 Making the ADA Work for People with Psychiatric Disabilities 241
10 Mental Disabilities, Equal Opportunity, and the ADA 281
Epilogue 299
Index 303
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