Popularity of Self-Help Counseling Tapes as an Index of Community Needs
Maierle J P
Prerecorded self-help tapes are a newly developed and apparently useful adjunct to telephone counseling services. Patterns of requests for such tapes may be a useful index of systematic changes in clientele needs. Requests for tapes however may be a function not only of preexisting community needs but also of varying patterns of advertising. Post hoc analysis of tape requests and advertising patterns in one telephone counseling service suggests extreme caution in the interpretation of requests.