Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1997

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the use and satisfaction with services for the severe and persistent mentally ill (consumers) participating in a psychosocial rehabilitation program. The following independent variables were investigated: diagnostic category, gender, age, and the length of time in the program. Scores from the following scales of the Questionnaire of Frequency of Use and Satisfaction of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services Provided by a Mental Health Facility were employed as dependent variables: Supported Employment, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Community Case Management, Individual Therapy, and Satisfaction. The sample consisted of sixty-seven consumers. Four composite null hypothesis was tested at the .0500 level employing a three-factor analysis of variance (general linear model). A total of 70 comparison were made plus 70 recurring. Of the 70 comparisons 20 were for main effects and 50 were for interactions. Of the 20 main effects 5 were statistically significant at the .0500 level. The following main effects were statistically significant: 1. The independent variable age for the dependent variable Supported Employment, 2. The independent variable diagnostic category for the dependent variable Community Case Management, 3. The independent variable gender for the dependent variable Community Case Management, 4. The independent variable diagnostic category for the dependent variable Community Case Management, and 5. The independent variable gender for the dependent variable Supported Employment. Of the 50 interactions 3 were statistically significant at the .0500 level. The following interactions were statistically significant: 1. The independent variables gender and age for the dependent variable Satisfaction, 2. The independent variables diagnostic category and the length of time in the program for the dependent variable Satisfaction, and 3. The independent variables gender and the length of time in the program for the dependent variable Supported Employment. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. Consumers ages 18-37 use Supported Employment more than older consumers, 2. Consumers diagnosed as schizophrenic and mood disorder and other use Community Case Management more than those diagnosed as schizophrenic or mood disorder, 3. Male consumers use Community Case Management more than female consumers, 4. Gender and age of the consumer should be interpreted concurrently for the dependent variable Satisfaction, 5. Gender of the consumer and the length of time in the program should be interpreted concurrently for the dependent variable Supported Employment, and 6. The diagnostic category and the length of time in the program for the consumer should be interpreted concurrently for the dependent variable Satisfaction.

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Copyright 1997 Mari B. Chacon

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