Use of Mental Health Screening Instruments by Non-Medical Helping Professionals

Catherine A. Simmons, Anna Whalley, J. Gayle Beck
2014 Journal of Interpersonal Violence  
When screening women intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors for mental health concerns, helping professionals must balance the very real concerns that arise with diagnostic labels with the equally real difficulties related to mental health problems. To better understand whether and how mental health screening tools can be more useful in this process, the current study reports findings from an online needs assessment. The nationally representative sample included 325 professionals who work
more » ... h IPV survivors in United States. Overall, participants have a positive attitude about assessing mental health concerns even though most do not conduct such assessments. From this, the following four areas are highlighted: (a) a need for training, (b) the appropriateness of screening, (c) factors that limit use, and (d) assessment tools. Findings also suggest it may be beneficial to develop instruments and/or protocols that are tailored to the unique needs/ experiences of IPV survivors. Keywords assessment, domestic violence, anything related to domestic violence, mental health and violence
doi:10.1177/0886260513516386 pmid:24421069 fatcat:uuuxlmdlhveupej4ij4mpz657u