ERIC Number: ED043219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
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A Descriptive Study of Information Needs and Practices of Clinical Psychologists.
Prescott, Suzanne; Griffith, Belver C.
A survey of information gathering and information generating activities of 800 clinical psychologists and 378 persons in related fields was made. Two information needs of clinicians were noted: specific information related to their functioning and an information system suited to them. Of those queried, 59% reported that their meetings had contributed important background material. Journal articles (53%) and books or book chapters (43%) were the publications read most frequently. Of criticisms made, 11% were of journals; 10% of the suggestions made referred to journals. Requests were made for more audiovisual aids. Of information contacts made with persons during a day 22% of the contacts were with a clinical psychologist and 10% with a psychiatrist. Most of the information exchanges concerned a patient. A majority of respondents (69%) indicated that they had changed therapy during the year because of information received (28% because of journal articles, 15% because of information received at a convention, and 6% because of contact with another professional person). The most read journal was "The Journal of Consulting Psychology." Contrary to the stereotype that clinical psychologists do not write, 65% of 368 clinicians indicated that they had published. (MF)
Descriptors: Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Psychologists
National Information System for Psychology, American Psychological Association, 1200 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: American Psychological Association