Symptom characteristics of counseling center and mental health service clients

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Selected university students who requested either personal counseling at the counseling center (43 males and 101 females) or psychotherapy at the mental health service (40 males and 53 females) were administered the Symptom Distress Checklist-90. This is a self-report symptom rating scale intended to assess the degree of distress associated with presenting symptoms; scores are organized along 9 symptom dimensions and 3 global indices of pathology. There was no significant difference between users of the counseling center and users of the mental health service when compared on levels of distress associated with presenting symptoms. The implications of these findings for the organization of mental health service delivery programs on a university campus are discussed. (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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