"Chronic Youth is cultural studies at the top of its game--a whip-smart read that makes groundbreaking contributions across a diversity of disciplines. Its voice is passionate; its case studies are meticulously parsed; and its conclusions more than mere food  for thought. It is, in sum, a profound treatise on how and why we we worry, police, manufacture, and delude ourselves into the faux crisis that is the teenager in contemporary American cultures."--Scott Herring, author of Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism

"With rigorous and insightful analysis of popular media representations, Elman shows how disability has increasingly become an all-purpose referent for the 'problem years' of transition from childhood to adulthood. Bringing disability and femininity into the framework of youth studies in order to address a neglected intersection of experiences, Chronic Youth provides a wonderful example of what disability studies can bring to media studies of the body."--David T. Mitchell, George Washington University

"Elman uses rehabilitative citizenship as a conceptual framework that is able to address the historical, cultural, and theoretical dimensions of her rich archive. In so doing, Elman makes significant interdisciplinary contributions across multiple fields. In particular, Chronic Youth makes a vital contribution to media studies by centering disability, which has often been overlooked. Additionally, Elman brings disability studies to bear on the body of work theorizing media’s relationship to governmentality...Chronic Youth has broad appeal, and offers key insights to scholarship on affect, media and citizenship, television history, queerness, and disability." --Allison Page, review in Feminist Media Studies