Karen Clark

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Walter Pfohl, Colleen Mendel, Sara Taylor


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Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


A mental health questionnaire was mailed to each Head Start program director in a three state area of Kentucky, Tennessee , and North Carolina. Directors were asked to respond to questions indicating the current state of affairs in regard to provision of mental health services. A needs assessment survey was included in the questionnaire. Respondents indicated what services and information would be of most value to them in attempting to reach the goals for their mental health program. The results indicated that programs were attempting to meet the requirements for mental health services as set forth by Heal Start. However, difficulties in meeting these requirements arose due to the limited amount of time available to the programs from their mental health consultants, and also due to the limited training and time restraints of their mental health coordinators. Respondents indicated that additional information on a variety of mental health topics would be of value to their programs in meeting the mental health needs of the children, parents, and staff. The topics mentioned were grouped into five general categories: (1) Referring a Child for Evaluation, (2) Screening and Diagnosis, (3) Child Management, (4) Growth and Development, and (5) Prevention of Mental Health Problems. This information was then used as the basis for development of a manual for mental health coordinators in Head Start.


Child Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences