Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Rosemary Link

Second Advisor

Mary Lou Williams

Third Advisor

Tess Pease


This is an exploratory research study focusing on identifoing and meeting the needs of middle school and high school students who have been given a label as being emotionally and/or behaviorally disabled (EBD). St. Paul Public Schools' Social workers serving EBD students were surveyed in order to provide insight into the characteristics and needs of this group, Adolescents with an EBD label (emotionally and/or behaviorally disabled/disordered) may be the most vulnerable group of the "at risk" youth population. The goal of this study was to identify gaps in the current system designed to service this population. The information was collected using a short survey distributed to the social workers in the district's 9 level 5 EBD sites. The study confirms the high number of students in special education programs with unmet mental health needs. lt also contains statistics, which could prove to be helpful in obtaining additional funding for programs to help this population. The study not only identifies barriers that have contributed to the difficulty of meeting the mental health needs of students, but also lays a groundwork which may initiate future action to better serve this population.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Rivers.M

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