ERIC Number: ED361495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
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Identification and Analysis of Learning Preferences of Mentally Ill Adults in Rehabilitative Psychosocial Therapy at the Anderson Mental Health Center.
Newman, Michael K.
A study identified and analyzed the learning preferences of 17 seriously and chronically mentally ill adults participating in the rehabilitative psychosocial therapy program at the Toxaway Church Site of the Anderson Mental Health Center. Staff perceived as boring and unfocused the traditional treatment approach that relied mainly upon chemotherapy and recreational activities that were not individualized or designed to develop specific life management skills. Learning styles of the patients were tested and identified, and data were analyzed to determine individual and group learning needs. Data analysis indicated that chronically mentally ill adults did have unique learning strengths and weaknesses that could be identified. Twelve patients tested neutral on motivation to learn, two tested high, and three tested low. Sixty-five percent did not prefer to learn in a variety of ways; they had very specific ways that they preferred to learn. Eighty-eight percent preferred structured learning, 65 percent chose to learn with peers, and 76 percent preferred to have authority figures present while learning. Recommendations included testing of all patients in the rehabilitative psychosocial therapy program and development of a treatment program that used learning styles in a therapeutic educational approach. (Appendixes include 51 references, productivity environmental preference survey, individual profile, and learning preferences of the patients tested.) (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Adult Education, Cognitive Style, Coping, Daily Living Skills, Educational Methods, Educational Research, Educational Theories, Educational Therapy, Learning Strategies, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Programs, Rehabilitation Programs, Self Care Skills, Social Adjustment
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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