Date of Award

Spring 1979

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Ivanoff, John M.

Second Advisor

Dupuis, Adrian M.

Third Advisor

Haberle, Richard J.


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the available demographic characteristics relating to the patient population at the Milwaukee Children's Hospital Psychiatry Center who received reduced fees through the assistance of the Milwaukee County Community 51.42 Board. This study appeared to be the first conducted on children in a psychiatric community mental health center who received financial assistance from the 51.42 Board to pay for their psychotherapy treatment. The general null hypothesis was: There are no significant demographic characteristics which distinguish between the profile of those 51.42 Board supported patients who seek service and follow through and those 51.42 Board supported patients who seek service and then do not follow through. The population of the study consisted of 201 children between the ages of. 1 and 22 divided into two samples: 120 children who were in treatment as indicated by the Center's open account records dated July_3l, 1978, and 81 children who did not return to the Center after their first session as indicated by the Center's closed account records dated July 31, 1978. The thirteen variables analyzed were taken from the Admission Information Report required by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Mental Hygiene, and the Face Sheet of the Milwaukee Children's Hospital Psychiatry Center, which were completed on each patient. A chi-squared analysis was used to test the thirteen nominal variables used to predict the general null hypothesis. The .05 level of significance was used as the inclusion parameter for the predictor variables...



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