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Differences in the Use of a School Mental Health Program in Secondary Schools

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Objective: To examine the use of a school-based mental health program that works to prevent drug and alcohol problems and promote student mental health. Methods: Students' presenting concerns, services used, service format and people to whom students were referred for services were investigated. Student use among schools was compared using chisquare analyses. Results: The program was highly used, with a range of concerns differentiated by school type. Student concerns, service format, and student referral and follow-up varied significantly. Conclusion: Student use is a product of student need, school structure, and mental health educator.
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Keywords: adolescents; behavioral health program; schools; utilization

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 2: Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3, Pittsburgh, PA.

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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