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ERIC Number: ED103786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May-4
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Attitudes of Mexican-American "Non-Help Seekers" Regarding Help for Personal Problems: A Pilot Study.
Mack, Cary N.; And Others
This study sought to ascertain the expectations regarding help for personal problems of Mexican-American people in one community. The population surveyed consisted of people not actively seeking mental health services. A questionnaire was formulated consisting of 18 items pertaining to expectations about help for personal problems. The results indicate that a significant number of these Mexican-American respondents indicated a preference for a directive, advice-giving helping person who would tell them what was wrong, come to their homes, pray for them, and try to cheer them up. The most preferred persons to do these things were the priest and the psychologist. There were few statistically significant discrepancies between the English speaking and Spanish speaking respondents. If we accept the premise that it is best to give people the kinds of service that they want or expect, then replication of surveys such as this one should be helpful in the design of better community service delivery systems. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychology Association Meeting (El Paso, Texas, May 4, 1974); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of the original document