ERIC Number: ED073887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes and Interests of Indian People Regarding Health Careers.
Cresap, McCormick, and Paget, Inc., New York, NY.
The primary objectives of this study were to determine to what extent the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (DHEW) health manpower training programs were acting as mechanisms to aid American Indians in reaching the highest levels of health training for which their individual ambitions and capabilities qualified them and to determine the future role of DHEW in developing an adequate pool of health professionals and paraprofessionals of Indian descent. Data were collected by interviews with high school students, Indians in health-related jobs, Indian professionals in health careers, potential employees and health trainees, and students in colleges and in health professional schools. In cases where time did not permit interviews, questionnaires were used. It was found that detailed knowledge of health work was relatively low, that significant weaknesses in the quality and availability of health-related academic courses were reported by former students who are now in health occupations, and that both high school students and potential employees showed a high interest in health-related work. Helping Indian people appeared to be a factor of high priority in career choice. Copies of the questionnaires used and other related materials are appended. (NTIS/PS)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, American Indians, Attitudes, Health Occupations, High School Students, Opinions, Professional Personnel, Public Health
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB-2113 889/5, MF $0.95, HC $5.45)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower Education.
Authoring Institution: Cresap, McCormick, and Paget, Inc., New York, NY.