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Citation:  Liptak, G.S. (2008). Health and wellbeing of adults with cerebral palsy. Current Opinion in Neurology, 21 (2), 136-142.
Title:  Health and wellbeing of adults with cerebral palsy
Authors:  Liptak, G.S.
Year:  2008
Journal/Publication:  Current Opinion in Neurology
Publisher:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Inc.
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Literature review

Structured abstract:

Background:  Health has recently been defined as physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability which can impact all of these areas. Individuals with CP typically have limitations in everyday activities and even less participation in social and leisure activities.
Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to review what is known about the health and wellbeing of adults with CP.
Findings:  Employment participation in adults with CP is significantly less than adults without disability. A study in Minnesota found that 53% of adults with CP were competitively employed but 22% of those individuals earned enough that advancement would cause loss of disability benefits. Typically higher levels of cognition and mobility led to increased social participation.
Conclusions:  Much is known about the health and wellbeing of adults with CP but little is known about plans to get them more involved in society. These plans can go a long way towards improving outcomes.

Disabilities served:  Cerebral palsy