ERIC Number: ED118308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Experiences in Rural Mental Health. I: Surveys.
Bentz, Willard K.; And Others
Based on a North Carolina feasibility study (1967-73 in Vance and Franklin Counties) which focused on development of a pattern for providing comprehensive mental health services to rural people, this booklet is the first in a series of nine and deals with methods of gathering preliminary information. Basically, this booklet presents information gathering techniques and applications; reports on findings of the After Survey (completed at project termination); and discusses the following sources of information for detecting community needs: (1) Citizen's Advisory Councils: County Level; (2) Neighborhood Citizens' Advisory Councils; (3) Administrative Contacts: County Level; (4) Administrative Contacts: Agencies; (5) Need Inputs from Special Interest Groups; (6) Visits to Local Decision Makers; and (7) Need Inputs from State and Regional Planning Groups. Specifically, this booklet discusses: (1) the Health Opinion Survey, HOS (a 20-item screening instrument used to assess the prevalence of psychiatric or emotional disorder); (2) HOS findings in a rural population (of significance when related to age, marital status, education, occupation, and income); (3) assessment of mental health attitudes among teachers, community leaders, and the general public (program services, mental illness etiology, hospitals, treatment, psychiatrists, etc.); (4) use of Virginia Star's Case Abstract Vignettes to measure attitudes. (JC)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Agency Role, Community Leaders, Feasibility Studies, Followup Studies, Information Sources, Measurement Instruments, Mental Health Programs, Needs Assessment, Program Guides, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Rural Population, Social Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
William G. Hollister, M.D., Division of Community Psychiatry of the Department of Pyschiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514 ($1.50 each; $9.00 for set of 9 booklets; additional booklets $1.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. School of Medicine.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina