MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Stacey Williams, Steve Marshall
Technology is a promising means for increasing rural individuals’ access to behavioral healthcare. However, the range of technology use in rural areas is currently unknown. The aims of this study were to examine the use of technology in rural areas, the relationship between technology use and willingness to access pediatric mental health services via videoconferencing, and this relationship within the context of other critical variables linked to service uptake. Data were collected at 2 pediatric primary care clinics. While no significant relationship was found between technology use and willingness to use videoconferencing, a significant relationship emerged between previous service seeking and willingness to use videoconferencing. These findings indicate the need for more research examining other variables’ relationships to willingness to seek help via technology, such as general help-seeking attitudes, unfamiliarity with videoconferencing services, or other variables included in previously established models of technology adoption.
Thesis - Open Access
Lilly, Courtney E., "Technology Use in Rural Appalachia: A Pilot Study of the Implications for Pediatric Behavioral Health" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2295. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2295
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