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The Mental Health Needs of the Severely Physically Disabled
Shari Thurer; E. Sally Rogers
Psychiatric Services 1987; doi:
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Ron Tabor and Eileen Cronin in data collection and Richard Goldberg and LeRoy Spaniol in design and implementation of the study as a whole.

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation of Boston University

American Psychiatric Association

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Severely physically disabled individuals, advocates for the disabled, and rehabilitation and mental health professionals were surveyed to determine their perceptions of the need for services for 12 mental health problems encountered by persons with physical disability and the kinds of services needed. All groups surveyed agreed that vocational, social-interpersonal, personal-emotional, self-concept, ad marital-family problems were in greatest need of services, but their perceptions of the extent of service need for each of the 12 problems differed significantly. The groups unanimously perceived rehabiitation counseling as the most needed service but differed significantly in their perception of the extent of service need for other services that were also highly rated, such as family, group, and individual therapy; peer counseling; respite care; and social skills training. The groups unanimously agreed that services designed to treat major mental illness were the least needed.

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