What attracts people with disabilities to pursue a career in clinical psychology?
Twena, Suzanne and Baker, M. 2013. What attracts people with disabilities to pursue a career in clinical psychology? For submission to Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.
|Twena, Suzanne and Baker, M.
Although exact numbers are not known, it is clear that the proportion of people with a disability within the UK clinical psychology workforce remains significantly less than within the UK population generally. The aim of this study was to investigate the attractiveness of clinical psychology to people living with a disability who are or are studying to become eligible to apply for professional psychology training. Q methodology was used to analyse patterns in the Q sorts of statements about recruitment incentives and disincentives of thirty three participants. From an exploratory factor analysis of ratings, four narrative interpretations are presented, one for each of four factors identified. Based upon high- and low-rated statements, each narrative demonstrates broad attraction to clinical psychology held in tension with various disincentives. The tensions generated by each narrative probably demand differing degrees of tolerance from potential recruits to apply for training. We conclude critically, wondering whether the profession’s disincentives outweigh its attractors for recruiting staff with a disability.
|clinical psychology; career attractors; disabled staff
|For submission to Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
|Publication process dates
|13 Sep 2013
|13 Sep 2013
|© The authors
For submission to Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
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