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ERIC Number: ED277944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Public's Knowledge of and Preferences for the Mental Health Services of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Other Helping Professionals.
Gould, Jay; And Others
The issue of the public's ability to differentiate between psychologists and psychiatrists has frequently been raised. A survey was conducted to assess the public's knowledge of and preferences for the mental health services of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, clergy, and physicians. The subjects were 136 adults of diverse socioeconomic levels residing in the Long Island, New York area. Subjects completed a questionnaire tapping the public's preferences for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, clergy, and physicians with respect to mental health problems varying in severity. Subjects were surveyed regarding the type of professional they would seek out for specific kinds of therapy (adult psychotherapy, child psychotherapy, behavior therapy, marriage counseling) and their understanding of the educational credentials and professional functions of each professional group. The results indicated that psychiatrists were the most preferred of the professional groups for relatively severe mental health problems while psychologists were preferred over psychiatrists for marital therapy, child psychotherapy, and behavior therapy. Psychologists and psychiatrists were equally preferred for adult psychotherapy and for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The mental health services of social workers, clergy, and physicians were less in public demand than were the services of psychologists and psychiatrists. The public exhibited a relatively accurate understanding of the credentials and functions of psychiatrists and psychologists. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A