ERIC Number: ED118316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Experiences in Rural Mental Health. IX: Measuring and Monitoring Stress in Communities.
Miller, Francis T.; And Others
Based on a North Carolina feasibility study (1967-73) which focused on development of a pattern for providing comprehensive mental health services to rural people, this guide deals with measuring and monitoring stress in the community. Emphasizing the "proactive" efforts developed in a stress model for Vance and Franklin counties, this booklet details the following: (1) Frame of Reference (the events, life conditions or variations, which impinge upon the individual and the individual's response at personal, family, and community levels); (2) Monitoring Public Events (use of newspaper headlines to develop a survey instrument to measure stress and use of a panel of local people to report and evaluate local stressful events); (3) Approaches to Developing Community Stress Indices (survey of helping resources; single variables; multiple variables); (4) Monitoring Private Events: Individual Perceptions and Responses to Stress (selection of the Schedule of Recent Experiences instrument; instrument standardization on a rural population; testing of instrument relevance to emotional disorder with State mental hospital patients, psychiatric outpatients, and medical outpatients); (5) School Area Analysis: A Sociodemographic Statistical Tool; (6) Applications (instruments and procedures; uses of the information system, barriers to utilization, learnings). (JC)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Feasibility Studies, Individual Needs, Information Seeking, Information Utilization, Measurement Instruments, Mental Health Programs, Models, Program Guides, Rural Population, Socioeconomic Influences, Stress Variables, Surveys
William G. Hollister, M.D., Division of Community Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry, 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