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Title: Reflecting upon the profession : minority ethnic men in clinical psychology
Author: Paul, Lena
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 1762
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2009
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It is widely acknowledged that within the clinical psychology profession there are disproportionate numbers of white middle class females. One of the least represented groups is minority ethnic males. This gives rise to concerns that within an increasingly diverse population the profession is failing to represent the community that it serves. The profession has been unsuccessful in attracting and recruiting men from this group and there is no known literature in this area. An exploratory study was conducted which sought to understand the experiences of these individuals within the clinical psychology profession working within the NHS. Participants all self defined as 'minority ethnics' and were recruited by opportunistic sampling. Interviews were conducted either face-to-face or via a telephone. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was chosen to analyse transcripts of nine interviews of people broadly from 'Black', 'Asian' and 'dual heritage' backgrounds. The mean age was 43.8 years with an average post qualification experience of 13 years. The interviews covered four main topics: factors influencing career decision, training experience, current experiences within the profession and the profession's impact on the self. Three superordinate themes were identified: 'Values and expectations'; Difference and discrimination' and 'Into the profession'. There was no monolithic presentation of issues of gender. Feelings of difference and, 'Otherness' were shared by all. The idea of multiple and shifting identities was used to account for the shifting subject positions and identifications involved in being both Black, male and psychologist. Further research could investigate this group experience using a Foucaldian Discourse Analysis. However, clinical psychology postgraduate training courses might consider inclusion of these topics as part of a curriculum on multi-cultural competency to raise awareness to trainees and clinicians of the next generation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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