ERIC Number: ED068865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Attrition: A Study in a Community Mental Health Center and the Problems Involved.
Campbell, Robert; Ash, Elizabeth
This report evaluates the success of a student project at a community mental health center both in terms of the reasons for client attrition and in terms of the difficulties of doing field research. The administration of the project was conducted by a class of 17 undergraduate psychology students. The subjects qualifying as dropouts were people who had made initial contact with the center, i.e., had been processed through intake, but had failed to keep subsequent appointments. In general, it was concluded that the project was disorganized. The student workers looked for direction from the mental health center staff, only to be confused by different sets of answers. It was suggested that in the future student researchers be organized in a three-week workshop on interviewing techniques. The response to counselors was generally found to be positive. A number of specific suggestions from clients were also presented. (Pages 11 and 12 may be illegible.) (Author/BW)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Bureau of Testing.