ERIC Number: ED112593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-6
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Public Communication Critical to Child Health Care. Final Report.
George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Biological Sciences Communication Project.
A two-phase survey was conducted to examine the impact of the "Report on the Conference on the Use of Stimulant Drugs in the Treatment of Behaviorally Disturbed Young School Children" (Freedman Report) upon its intended audience. Questionnaires were mailed to professionals (in medicine, psychiatry, and education), public managers (for education and public health) and both randomly selected and concerned laymen (those who had requested information on hyperkinesis); the 1,673 returned questionnaires were evaluated for awareness of drug treatment and attitudes toward its use, dissemination and effect of the Freedman Report, and sources of information about hyperkinesis. Among the results were that most respondents were aware of drug treatment, that the Freedman Report was best known among professionals in medicine and least known among laymen, and that the principal source of information on child hyperkinesis was professional literature. Recommended were the development of a dissemination base and publication of future communications with design and appearance consistent with audience preference. (Included are figures such as a graph on the search for index medicus for journal articles and attachments including literature on hyperkinesis.) (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Biological Sciences Communication Project.