ERIC Number: ED251739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Mental Health Needs of Physically Disabled Persons: Their Perspective.
Thurer, Shari; Rogers, E. Sally
The physically disabled are at high risk for psychological problems, yet these issues are not adequately addressed in the professional literature. To assess disabled persons' perceptions of the types of problems they experience, and their need for psychological services, 145 severly disabled persons responded to mailed surveys. Subjects completed the Survey of Consumers which elicited information about their perception of the need for mental health services, including the extent and nature of need and the kinds of services needed or preferred (Part I), perceived barriers to the provision of such services (Part II) and satisfaction with services (Part III). Analysis of the results of Parts I and III indicated that 75% of the sample reported a substantial need for mental health services for the physically disabled. Perceived problem areas were fairly evenly distributed in the areas of personal/emotional, organic/biological, cognitive, perceptual, behavioral, social/interpersonal, marital/family, sexual, self-esteem, alcohol/drug use, vocational/career planning, and the use/development of leisure time. Nearly half the sample (45%) indicated that they had experienced psychiatric problems, although whether or not they had had a psychiatric problem was not related to whether they perceived physically disabled people in general as needing mental health services. The most conservative interpretation of the data suggests a significant need for mental health services for the physically disabled. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. Center for Rehabilitation Research and Training in Mental Health.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New York, NY, April 2-5, 1985). Best copy available.