ERIC Number: ED454453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Blending Research and Practice: A 10-Year Evaluation of a Community-Based Child Guidance Clinic.
Mueller, Daniel P.; Hosley, Cheryl A.; Heiserman, Mary S.
This document discusses a project designed to assess trends in service data and the effectiveness of the services provided over a 10-year period. It begins by describing the services provided by the Wilder Foundation Child Guidance Clinic, an outpatient mental health center serving children and families in the Saint Paul, Minnesota area. A number of trends emerged about the families served by the clinic. There was a notable increase in the percentage of families headed by single parents, and in the percentage experiencing chronic economic distress and frequent changes in residence. There were dramatic increases in the aggressive nature of clients, including the frequency of assaultive and threatening behaviors. An examination of service trends indicated a dramatic decline in the amount of services received by clients. The clinic staff attributed this decline to the growth of managed care, a decrease in the amount of group therapy provided by the clinic, and an increase in family mobility. A summary is provided of parental ratings of satisfaction with clinical services. The final topic concerns the challenges faced when designing and carrying out the evaluation of the Child Guidance Clinic and the difficulties encountered in reaching families for a follow-up. (Contains 15 references and 44 figures.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wilder Research Center, St. Paul, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Saint Paul)