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ERIC Number: ED399504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-14
Pages: 30
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Assessment--Service--Training: The Many Faces of a University Peer Hotline.
Curran, Jack
In this study, a peer-operated university-based anonymous hotline is a data source for the assessment of student concerns and needs, providing empirical information for prevention-oriented psycho-educational campus programming. This paper covers the collection and assessment of data from the anonymous hotline service of the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program at the State University of New York at Albany. For the 1994-95 academic year, peer assistants recorded information on all calls to the hotline: demographic, call content, and counselor's response. Five tables reflect the patterns of usage of the hotline, representing the topic and frequency of calls and gender of caller. Data indicates that males used the hotline more than females, with most male repeat callers discussing sexual issues. Females, twice as likely to be non-repeat callers, were concerned with such issues as assault, rape, and eating disorders. Training undergraduate hotline staff to record calls with a data collection instrument is vital to the assessment of patterns of usage. Empirical analysis guides future curricula and the targeting of program intervention while acquainting students with the research aspect of the mental health profession. Appended are two recording instruments, and several tables which present statistical analysis. (LSR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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