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NCJ Number: 52048 Find in a Library
Title: CONSUMER MODEL OF ASSESSING COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS, PART 3 (FROM EVALUATING COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE, 1977, BY ISABEL DAVIDOFF ET AL - SEE NCJ-52043)
Author(s): A T WEISS
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Public Health Service
United States of America

US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Admin
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute of Mental Health
Rockville, MD 20857
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20852
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: USING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY VARIOUS CONSUMER GROUPS, A MODEL IS DESCRIBED WHICH SUPPLIES INFORMATION ON COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH NEED BY TARGET PROBLEM, AGE GROUP, AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA.
Abstract: IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING THE MODEL DESCRIBED, CONSUMER GROUPS IN THE KEARNY MESA SUBREGIONAL AREA OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIF., WERE SURVEYED. SPECIALLY DESIGNED QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SENT TO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CONSUMER GROUPS: MENTAL HEALTH AGENCIES, SECONDARY RELATED AGENCIES, COMMUNITY AND CIVIC GROUPS, COMMUNITY-AT-LARGE, AND HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS. IN ORDER TO DEVELOP AN UNCOMPLICATED METHOD FOR SETTING PRIORITIES THAT COULD BE USED BY PROGRAM PLANNERS WITH LIMITED TIME AND EXPERTISE, THE EXPRESSED UNMET NEEDS FOR CRISIS INTERVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WERE ANALYZED FOR EACH GROUP. A FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION AND RANKING OF THE NEEDED SERVICES WERE TABULATED SEPARATELY FOR THE FIVE CONSUMER GROUPS SURVEYED. IN ADDITION, AN ANALYSIS OF THE AVERAGE EXPRESSION OF NEED (AEN) ACROSS THE FIVE GROUPS PROVIDED A MEANS OF OBSERVING THE MOST FREQUENTLY MENTIONED CRISIS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. FOR THE ADULT GROUP, THE THREE MOST FREQUENTLY EXPRESSED NEEDS WERE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES RELATED TO FAMILY AND MARITAL PROBLEMS, GENERAL EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS, AND ALCOHOLISM. FOR THE AGE GROUP 65 YEARS AND OLDER, THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEMS WERE FOUND TO BE LONELINESS AND DEPRESSION, GENERAL EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS, AND ALCOHOLISM. EACH OF THE FIVE CONSUMER GROUPS CONSISTENTLY RANKED THE ABOVE PROBLEMS FOR ALL THREE AGE GROUPS AS POSSESSING THE GREATEST NEED FOR ADDITIONAL SERVICES. FACTORS THAT MUST BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION PRIOR TO DETERMINING THE USEFULNESS OF THE RESULTS FOR PROGRAM PLANNING ARE INDICATED. (E.G., WEIGHTING RESPONSES, VALIDITY OF MAILED QUESTIONNAIRES, ABILITY OF HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS TO COMPLY WITH SURVEY INSTRUCTIONS). THE DATA FROM THE SURVEY ARE GRAPHED. REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): California; Data collections; Evaluation; Mental disorders; Models; Techniques; Treatment
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