ERIC Number: ED214048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Volunteers in Drug Abuse Programs. Treatment Research Report.
Aiken, Liona S.; And Others
Volunteers have made significant contributions to mental health by assisting with institutional care, outpatient counseling, aftercare, and research. To describe the use of volunteers in drug abuse treatment programs, volunteers were studied by a telephone survey of administrators in 123 programs that had at least five volunteers and a single treatment modality, and by in-person interviews with volunteers and paid counselors for 15 programs. The volunteers were classified into three occupational groups, i.e., specialized professionals, counselors, and noncounseling support personnel. The results indicated that: (1) the counselor category had the largest number of volunteers; (2) volunteer professionals were often psychologists or lawyers; (3) activities of volunteer and paid staff differed in degree rather than kind; (4) drug-free and therapeutic community programs differed in background, type of volunteer, and kind of volunteer activity; and (5) main sources of volunteers were colleges, community organizations, and former clients from a program. The findings indicate a need for more volunteers as well as a pattern of successful programs using volunteers in the field of drug abuse. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Div. of Prevention and Treatment Development.
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Inst. for Survey Research.