Nonprofessional mental health workers in a program for early detection and prevention of school maladaptation in children were compared to demographically similar controls on changes in attitudes and clinical response style after 12 didactic training sessions and 3 1 2 months of supervised field experience. There were no attitude change differences between aides and controls. Aides, however, came to favor "understanding" responses significantly more, and "rejecting" responses less, than controls. Interpretively, some combination of training, experience, and supervision increased aide knowledgeability without diminishing warmth and spontaneity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology