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ERIC Number: ED420822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 28
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Informing Students about the Variable Quality of Psychological Internet Resources: Sites Targeting Substance Abuse Problems, Emotional Disorders, and the Needs of Parents.
Doran, Matt; Smith, Allyson; Hoppel, Andrea; Morse, Laura; Edwards, Mike; Hamilton, Jared; Simonin, Danielle; Maloney, Colleen; Underwood, Michelle; O'Donnell, Shannon; Wright, Cara; Chambliss, Catherine
The development of the Internet has provided an entirely new means of obtaining psychological healthcare. Web sites have been set up for the purpose of providing information about psychological problems and administering help. Unfortunately, the quality of these sites is not regulated and therefore varies widely. An author-devised rating scale was used to assess six dimensions of site quality, including accuracy, practicality, normalization, sense of belonging, referral, and feedback mechanisms. The present investigation provides descriptive information about the nature of the sources evaluated. It also permits a comparison of the relative quality of the available sites across three different content domains: the needs of parents, substance abuse problems, and emotional disorders. A total of 210 web sites which included three different psychological problem categories (autism, bipolar disorder, and depression) were studied. Availability of quality resources and prevalence of the problems being targeted was not positively associated. This study helps to specify areas of unmet need and may assist in the development of additional resources on the Internet. The rating scale is appended. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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