ERIC Number: EJ861536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Rapid Assessment for Psychopathology in a College Health Clinic: Utility of College Student Specific Questions
Alschuler, Kevin N.; Hoodin, Flora; Byrd, Michelle R.
Journal of American College Health, v58 n2 p177-179 2009
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the utility and unique benefits of employing the College Health Questionnaire (CHQ) in a college health care setting. The CHQ is a newly designed measure to assess psychosocial issues commonly problematic among college students. Participants: One hundred nine patients participated in the study during their medical appointments. Methods: Participants completed the study questionnaires (CHQ and Patient Health Questionnaire) in the waiting room. Their provider had the opportunity to use the responses in treatment decision making. Results: A majority (66.1%) endorsed at least one CHQ item. Patients who indicated traditional mental health problems were more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications, whereas patients who endorsed psychosocial issues commonly problematic among college students were more likely to be referred for behavioral treatment. Conclusions: Screening for behavioral problems in college primary care settings without the use of college-related questions would result in missing numerous important psychosocial problems.
Descriptors: College Students, Psychopathology, Patients, Measures (Individuals), Health Promotion, Questionnaires, Medical Evaluation, Health Services, Decision Making, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Drug Therapy, Referral, Behavior Modification, Screening Tests
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