0
Get Alert
Please Wait... Processing your request... Please Wait.
You must sign in to sign-up for alerts.

Please confirm that your email address is correct, so you can successfully receive this alert.

Article   |    
PSYCHIATRIC AIDE SELECTION THROUGH PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS A Preliminary Report of the Screening of Applicants at the Arkansas State Hospital
EMERSON M. BARRON; H. H. DONOHUE
Am J Psychiatry 1951;107:859-865.
text A A A
PDF of the full text article.
Abstract

1. The duties of the psychiatric aide have been of a very routine nature in the past, and self-expression and initiative have not been encouraged. Under such conditions, the individual of dull normal intelligence with a tenth grade education has worked out best. We expect to remedy this situation by offering to the more intelligent aide an opportunity for further training and personal advancement in our 3 year School of Psychiatric Technology. The net result should be that the efficiency of the aide should be in direct proportion to his intelligence, educational development, and personality adjustment.2. The psychiatric aide is one of the most important figures on the care and treatment team in all psychiatric hospitals. The aide is with the patients on his ward more hours per day than any other individual in the treatment team and is thus in a position to know the patient better than most others in the hospital. The effectiveness of therapeutic procedures will be determined to a great extent by the competency of the aide, who is required to assume many duties that are becoming more and more of a professional nature. It is thus highly important that only well-integrated individuals be accepted into this profession, so as not to endanger further the health of the patients under their care, or of themselves.3. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory is effective in eliminating psychopaths who apply for the position of psychiatric aide, but is ineffective in predicting the efficiency of psychiatric aides in the Arkansas State Hosptal with deviate scores in other categories of personality maladjustment. In cases that warrant a more thorough personality study, projective techniques may be used.4. A psychological screening program of applicants for positions as psychiatric aides can be carried on in most hospitals at a relatively small cost by administering psychological examinations to groups of applicants one day per week. This can be handled even in hospitals that employ part-time psychologists.

Abstract Teaser
Figures in this Article

Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.
Sign In Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.
Sign In to Access Full Content
 
Username
Password
Sign in via Athens (What is this?)
Athens is a service for single sign-on which enables access to all of an institution's subscriptions on- or off-site.
Not a subscriber?

Subscribe Now/Learn More

PsychiatryOnline subscription options offer access to the DSM-5 library, books, journals, CME, and patient resources. This all-in-one virtual library provides psychiatrists and mental health professionals with key resources for diagnosis, treatment, research, and professional development.

Need more help? PsychiatryOnline Customer Service may be reached by emailing PsychiatryOnline@psych.org or by calling 800-368-5777 (in the U.S.) or 703-907-7322 (outside the U.S.).

+

References

+
+

CME Activity

There is currently no quiz available for this resource. Please click here to go to the CME page to find another.
Submit a Comments
Please read the other comments before you post yours. Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest.
Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discertion of APA editorial staff.

* = Required Field
(if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
Example: John Doe



Web of Science® Times Cited: 13

Related Content
Articles
Books
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th Edition > Chapter 38.  >
Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 4th Edition > Chapter 22.  >
Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 4th Edition > Chapter 22.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, 4th Edition > Chapter 27.  >
Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 4th Edition > Chapter 34.  >
Topic Collections
Psychiatric News
PubMed Articles