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ERIC Number: EJ1044126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
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Provider Perspectives on School-Based Mental Health for Urban Minority Youth: Access and Services
Gamble, Brandon E.; Lambros, Katina M.
Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, v10 p25-38 2014
This article provides results from a qualitative study on the efforts of school-based mental health providers (SBMHPs) who serve students in urban, suburban, and ethnically diverse settings to help families access quality mental health services. School-based mental health plays a key role in the provision of direct and indirect intervention services to support life skills and social emotional development. A cohort of school psychology graduate trainees enrolled in a counseling course conducted 39 semi-structured interviews with school based mental-health providers (i.e., 36 schools psychologists, two therapists, and one school counselor). Findings indicate SBMHP's efforts to promote minority access are often hindered by culturally-related factors, and that more careful data-based tracking and decision making is necessary to improve mental health services, especially for minority youth. Additionally, increased designated mental health staff as well as more professional development and training are needed to improve service delivery.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Qualitative Research, School Health Services, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Cultural Pluralism, Minority Group Students, Delivery Systems, Professional Development, Semi Structured Interviews, Barriers, Cultural Influences, Decision Making, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Counselor Attitudes, Social Development, Emotional Development
AERA SIG: Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. Tel: 323-343-4393; Web site: http://aera-ultr.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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