ERIC Number: ED214049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Drug Abuse Assessment, Program Planning and Resource Development in the Black Community.
Gunn, Karen S.
This paper presents a needs assessment project developed to establish drug-related services in a small black community. A literature review reveals the influence of social issues relevant to the population on research methodology, program planning, and social action. The convergent analysis approach used in the needs assessment is explained and specific activities are described, generated by the recognition of the low service utilization, drug abuse trends, and poor distribution of resources within the catchment area's black community. The data gathering activities are discussed, including key informant interviews, review of service utilization and social indicator data, and a targeted field survey. The data analysis results are presented to indicate the variability of service utilization patterns, disproportionate levels of economic and educational problems, alcohol, heroin, and poly-drug abuse in the community, and barriers to professional services. Community change strategies that resulted from the needs assessment are described along with the establishment of a new target area program with an orientation outside the traditional categories of service delivery in the drug abuse field. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (61st, Los Angeles, CA, April 9-12, 1981). Best copy available.