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Mental Disorder, Work Disability, and the Law

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.

316 pages | 12 line drawings, 32 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1996

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development

Disability Studies

Law and Legal Studies: General Legal Studies

Psychology: Social Psychology

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Work Disability and the Fabric of Mental Health Law: An Introduction by Richard J. Bonnie
1: Serious and Severe Mental Illness and Work: What Do We Know?
Laura J. Milazzo-Sayre, Marilyn J. Henderson, Ronald W. Manderscheid.
2: Employment Patterns among Persons with and without Mental Conditions
Edward H. Yelin, Miriam G. Cisternas.
3: "No Other Way to Go": Pathways to Disability Income Application among Persons with Severe Persistent Mental Illness
Sue E. Estroff, Catherine Zimmer, William S. Lachicotte, Julia Benoit, Donald L. Patrick.
4: Mental Disorders, Work, and Choice
John S. Strauss, Larry Davidson.
5: Economic Opportunities and Disincentives for People with Mental Illness
Richard Warner, Paul Polak.
6: Mental Disabilities and the Disability Fabric
Ellen Smith Pryor
7: The Americans with Disabilities Act, Mental Disability, and Work
Christopher G. Bell
8: Equality and Difference in the ADA: Unintended Consequences for Employment of People with Mental Health Disabilities
Jean Campbell, Caroline L. Kaufmann.
9: Making the ADA Work for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
Laura Lee Hall
10: Mental Disabilities, Equal Opportunity, and the ADA
Norman Daniels
Richard J. Bonnie, John Monahan.

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