ERIC Number: ED265239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Delivery of Mental Health Services to Black Children. Final Report.
Gary, Lawrence E.; And Others
This study was designed to start a data base on black mental health practitioners working with black clients. The sample group consisted of 177 (57 men, 120 women) black school counselors and 36 (5 men, 31 women) psychologists in seven predominantly black, urban public schools. The information gathered covered the following areas: (1) demographics of black counselors and school psychologists; (2) tasks performed and techniques employed by the professionals; (3) theoretical orientations of the two groups; and (4) problem areas for the practitioners and students. It was found that the black school practitioners were quite similar to other school counselors in terms of tasks performed and techniques used. Further, black counselors and psychologists are equally divided in their beliefs regarding strategies for working with Black Students and whether these should be different from those employed with other students. The process by which an individual counselor or psychologist has entered his or her career may influence their theoretical and ideological orientations and approaches. Support and resources are needed to allow the practitioners additional time to spend with students. Finally, it was found that the perceptions of others affected the functioning of the school mental health practitioners in all measured areas. The study includes a bibliography and a copy of the questionnaire used to obtain the data. (CG)
Descriptors: Black Students, Blacks, Elementary Secondary Education, Mental Health Programs, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Urban Schools
Mental Health Research and Development Center, Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, Howard University, 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Program.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Mental Health Research and Development Center.