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Title: An exploration of the factors influencing the career choice of female trainee clinical psychologists
Author: Nash, Jennifer
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 1228
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2009
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For several years now, the majority of entrants into UK clinical psychology training programmes have been female. Although there has been some research interest in examining workforce gender balance in terms of male recruitment, understanding the attractiveness of the profession to female applicants and their success at gaining training places have remained unexplored. This is despite the criticisms levelled at the discipline of clinical psychology that in the UK it fails to reflect the range of cultural and social diversity of the populations it serves. The current study used Q-methodology to explore the multiple accounts that female trainee clinical psychologists give about what attracted them to a career in clinical psychology. Analysis of the data produced six distinct accounts. These narratives highlight a number of themes that may attract females to this occupation, including a desire to challenge the status quo, the wish to pursue a vocation, a route to moving away from experiences of disadvantage, a route to status and motivations to understand other people. In addition, a range of opinions were expressed about the current gender imbalance within the profession. The implications of the appeal of this carer to women and the possible implications of their motivations for pursuing this career are considered.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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