ERIC Number: ED229677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Mental Health Services in a School of Dentistry.
Brown, James C.
This paper presents a rationale for and description of psychological services in the areas of consultation and education for university dental students at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. The paper notes several factors pointing to the need for such services: first, while dental professionals and students are disinclined to seek help from mental health professionals via formal mental health systems, the need for mental health services for dentists and dental students is extensive and documented; second, data indicate that dentistry is a stressful occupation with physical and psychological stressors present during training. The document lists such stressors as financial burden, difficult curriculum, and stressful atmosphere in the clinical training setting. Results of such stressors, including depression, anxiety, fear, and tension are noted. A program of mental health education and consultation for dental students is outlined which is informal in nature, multifaceted yet systematic. Examples of the informal program elements include informal notification of available services, arranging for private office space, and providing informal "coffee-cup counseling" on a drop-in basis. While the program described is geographically specific, generalities about problems, issues and concerns can be useful for others interested in this area. (WAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Mississippi
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).