ERIC Number: ED460491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Evaluating Mental Health Services for Children: The Parent's Perspective.
Gerkensmeyer, Janis; McBride, Angela Barron; Feaster, Cynthia B.; Austin, Joan
One-hundred and sixty parents of students (ages 9 and older) who were part of an Indiana Alternative Residential Services (ARS) program were surveyed regarding their satisfaction with services received. At least one response came from 47 family units (46 mothers, 24 fathers, and 25 students). Parents completed the Parent's Stressors Scale, the Cause of My Child's Problem Scale, and the Burden Assessment Scale. Students were primarily male (84.4 percent) with a mean age of 14.4 years and had mental health or behavioral problems (mean age of 11.2 years). Major stressors identified by parents in order of severity were (1) child-focused stressors, (2) parental role stressors, and (3) service system stressors. Parents tended to explain their children's mental health problems as pervasive, likely to last forever, and not caused by themselves. Concerning burden assessment, parents were most burdened by worry over the future and least burdened by demands made by the child. Almost half (48 percent) of parents indicated they wanted exactly what services their children were receiving. Parents generally had highly positive perceptions of, and satisfaction with, their interactions with staff. The child's living at home was associated with significantly higher levels of parents' total perceived burden. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Disorders, Children, Delivery Systems, Emotional Disturbances, Family Needs, Mental Health Programs, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Stress Variables, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana