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Title: Lived experience of mental health problems among clinical psychologists, stigma and its impact on disclosure and help-seeking
Author: Tay, Stacie
ISNI:       0000 0004 7231 2353
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2016
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BACKGROUND: Mental health stigma has received much attention in terms of research, policy and action. However, little is known about lived experience among clinical psychologists, and to what extent stigma is a concern. OBJECTIVE: This study set out to assess the extent of lived experience of mental health problems among clinical psychologists, and their perceptions related to stigma, disclosure and help-seeking. METHOD: A national survey of clinical psychologists was conducted in collaboration with the Division of Clinical Psychology. Detailed responses from the 678 UK-based clinical psychologists were collected through an anonymous web survey. RESULTS: Two-thirds of participants reported having experienced a significant mental health problem at some point in their lives. This study found a high level of perceived stigma and low levels of external and self-stigma among participants. All aspects of stigma and factors closely related to stigma were negatively associated with disclosure and help-seeking for mental health problems. The level of stigma attached to mental health problems, however, did not influence participants’ disclosure and previous help-seeking rates, although it was negatively associated with the willingness to seek help for future mental health problems. Participants preferred to disclose in their social circles than in their work settings, and reported more positive experiences of disclosing to the former. CONCLUSIONS: This study established the extent to which stigma was of concern among clinical psychologists and identified the need for addressing the difficulties they faced in relation to disclosing and help-seeking for mental health problems. Further research exploring the positive aspects of lived experience of mental health problems and the extent of implicit stigma and discriminatory behaviours among clinical psychologists is indicated and will be beneficial.
Supervisor: Scior, K. ; Alcock, K. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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