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The spring issue of the Journal has a distinctly applied practice perspective. The first article by Babin and Gross examines a difficult issue in rehabilitation practice; how to evaluate whether a client is malingering or suffering from a conversion (somatoform) disorder. This is a complex, perplexing but crucial issue that the authors examine from an applied practice perspective. The article by Martz, Roessler and Livneh investigated a potentially important question related to the psychosocial rehabilitation of individuals with diabetes; do short-term psychological reactions to insulin reactions predict long-term adaptations to the disease. Some parallels were identified. While Tourette's syndrome is a condition known to most rehabilitation professionals, rehabilitation practice and procedures related to this condition have received little attention. Dr. Hendren's investigation is an attempt to remedy this situation by providing practical, applied suggestions for working individuals who have this condition. Similarly, post-polio syndrome is a chronic and complex process that affects a population who often thought they were "stable" related to the limitations of polio. This has not been the case for many individuals who had polio and this article by Gordon and Feldman examines the medical, psychosocial and vocational aspects of the changes and accommodations that may be needed. They also discuss suggestions for rehabilitation practice and services.

The article by Patterson looked at Internet use by public vocational rehabilitation agencies. Interestingly, she found that while Internet and intranet use tended to increase job satisfaction and sense of belongness to the organization, counselors may not be using the applications as much as administration believes they are. The final article by Lemaire, Mallik and Stoll describes a model program designed to reach and rehabilitate high-risk youth with learning and psychiatric disabilities. Data from the first year indicate initial success, but the authors suggest that much more research in this area is needed. I hope you will find the articles as interesting and informative as I did.

I want to thank the authors for their contributions to the issue.
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Author:Alston, Paul
Publication:The Journal of Rehabilitation
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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