ERIC Number: ED265428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Survey of the Public Perception of Psychology, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists.
Dees, Morris S., III; And Others
The public perception of psychology, psychologists, and psychiatrists has not been examined for 20 years. Participants for this study were randomly selected from an urban area (Oklahoma City) and a rural area (Okarche, Oklahoma). Questionnaires about the usefulness and competency of these professionals were administered by telephone; half of the questionnaires used the term psychologist (N=225) and the other half substituted the word psychiatrist (N=225). Additionally, urban psychologists (N=47) and psychiatrists (N=25) responded to the questionnaire as if they were members of the public. Survey results showed that urban residents recognized the need for psychologists and psychiatrists. Psychiatrists were favored for intelligence testing, career counseling, sexual dysfunction, and alcohol and drug abuse while psychologists were favored for stress management. The findings indicated that the perception of psychologists' competence had improved since a 1965 study but confusion about professional domain continued. Rural residents also recognized the need for psychiatrists and psychologists but they desired less information than urban residents about a potential therapist. The psychologists and psychiatrists who responded to the questionnaire reported that the public had a higher perception of their abilities to solve problems than the public reported. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).