An Exploration of the Factors Influencing the Consideration of a Career in Clinical Psychology by Undergraduates from Minority Ethnic Backgrounds: A Q-Methodological Study

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Meredith, Emmeline 2004. An Exploration of the Factors Influencing the Consideration of a Career in Clinical Psychology by Undergraduates from Minority Ethnic Backgrounds: A Q-Methodological Study. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
AuthorsMeredith, Emmeline
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Abstract

ABSTRACT
It is widely acknowledged that the under-representation of minority ethnic individuals
within the profession of clinical psychology is an area of concern. There are several
issues contained within this concern: whether clinical psychology has the ability to
adequately meet the psychological needs of minority ethnic individuals; whether
every individual, regardless of ethnic background, has an equal chance of being
accepted onto clinical psychology training courses; and what factors affect whether
minority ethnic students choose a career in clinical psychology. There are many
points in an individual's career trajectory where decisions are made or career options
are closed down for the individual. One such point is during undergraduate
psychology course. However, there is very little research concerning the perceptions
of clinical psychology held by minority ethnic psychology undergraduates.
The present study investigated the factors influencing the consideration of a career in
clinical psychology. Thirty seven second and third year undergraduate psychology
students at the University of East London took part in a Q methodological study, in
which a range of views about issues that attract and deter individuals when
considering a career in clinical psychology could be subjectively expressed. Eight
distinct narratives concerning views about the perception of career in clinical
psychology emerged from the analysis of the participants sorting of statements about
clinical psychology. These accounts suggest that issues such as the vocational aspects
of clinical psychology, the consideration that clinical psychology is a mostly white
profession and cultural barriers are all important considerations when deciding a
career path. The implications of these accounts for training programmes are
discussed.
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Year2004
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PrintMay 2004
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Deposited09 Jun 2014
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