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ERIC Number: ED406623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 12
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Automated Telephone Screening Survey for Depression on a University Campus.
Portnoy, Robert N.
On college and university campuses across the United States, depression has taken a huge toll on the academic and personal productivity of students, faculty, and staff. The results of a university's automated telephone screening survey for depression are reported here. Callers were recruited through a variety of media, including advertising and interviews on the radio and in the local and student newspapers. Each participant keyed in a toll-free telephone number and, after some introductory comments, was asked to answer a few general questions by manipulating the telephone keyboard. Next, the caller was administered the telephone adaptation of a 20-question depression screening scale. Of the 215 student callers, 84.6% revealed some type of depression. This suggests that telephone screening is able to tap significantly depressed individuals at a rate that is at last as high as in-person screening for faculty/staff, and at a significantly higher rate for students. Rates of depression found in this survey are not representative of the general populations of students since the callers were self-referred. This technology may have particular relevance on college campuses, where students may be adroit with electronic means of communication, but relatively inexperienced with accessing the mental health system. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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