Stresses reported by UK trainee counselling psychologists
Kumary, Ajvir and Baker, M. 2008. Stresses reported by UK trainee counselling psychologists. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 21 (1), pp. 19-28.
|Authors||Kumary, Ajvir and Baker, M.|
This study examined stressors and psychological distress in 109 UK counselling psychology trainees. The research focus was two-fold. What is the profile of stressors that counselling psychology trainees report about the components of training? What relationship is there between this profile, and other characteristics of trainees, including their level of current psychological distress? Data from a stress survey and from the General Health Questionnaire were examined. High stress scores were found on three aspects of the stress survey ('academic', 'placements', 'personal and professional development'), but not-surprisingly-on the aspect, 'lack of support systems'. Significant stress differences were reported for gender and age of participants, and highly significant positive relationships were found between General Health Questionnaire and stress scores. Overall, the results suggest actions to be taken. Further research is needed to clarify unavoidable and avoidable stressors in training, and the reduction of trainees' experience of training stress to the necessary minimum needs to be adopted as an active target by programmes.
|Keywords||stress; trainee counselling psychologists; General Health Questionnaire|
|Journal||Counselling Psychology Quarterly|
|Journal citation||21 (1), pp. 19-28|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515070801895626|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||08 Dec 2009|
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