Environmental Barriers to Social Services in Rural Communities

Danielle Mitchell, Paulichia Woody, Dr. Ebony L. Hall*, Tarleton State University

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v14/mitchell.html

Abstract: Historically, rural communities have encountered environmental barriers regarding the accessibility and efficiency of social services, having to travel longer distance to access health care placing a heavy reliance on practitioners. This study examines the environmental barriers that define rural communities, the inconsistency in supply and demand for social services such as food, shelter, and security, differences between urban and rural communities, and implications for social work practice. Researchers used a mixed methodological approach in order to examine the adequacy of social services in rural communities with a sample size of 361 participants who lived and/or worked within a rural community. Research confirms that social services in the rural community are limited and political advocacy for resources is vital towards improvements within agencies and organizations serving rural areas.

Read the full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v14/mitchell.html