A qualitative exploration of clinical psychologists’ experiences as leaders of intersectional power and its impact on their responses to privilege and discrimination
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Daly, A. 2023. A qualitative exploration of clinical psychologists’ experiences as leaders of intersectional power and its impact on their responses to privilege and discrimination. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.8wqwv
|Prof Doc Thesis
Background: Leadership and ‘inclusion’ are at the forefront of NHS policy and clinical psychologists (CPs) are considered to belong within this agenda. However, there lacks consensus on what leadership is. Nor is there clear guidance on how it can achieve ‘inclusion’. Current conceptualisations of leadership do not acknowledge the privilege and barriers faced by leaders, how they operate and their impact. Additionally, there is a lack of exploration of CPs perspectives, and minoritised and marginalised leaders’ experiences in particular.
Aim: To explore how CP leaders of any background working in the UK define their leadership style and approach to issues around privilege and discrimination. Methodology: Semi structured interviews were conducted with twelve participants who self-identified as leaders and were of mixed demographic backgrounds. Responses were analysed within a critical realist framework using reflexive thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006).
Results: The analysis generated one overarching theme reflecting the context within which leaders have long attempted to challenge discrimination, three subthemes and
Conclusion: The study highlights divergent ideas about leaders’ roles and responsibilities when it comes to issues of privilege and discrimination and explores the role of Whiteness in relation to this. Recommendations to enhance CPs ability and capacity to manage and address discrimination include a critical exploration of the concept of leadership in addition to the crucial process of self-reflection for the benefit of service users, families, communities and the colleagues we serve and work alongside.
|Leadership; clinical psychology; discrimination; privilege; racism; whiteness
|University of East London
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|10 Oct 2023
|Publication process dates
|27 Mar 2023
|10 Oct 2023
|© 2023, The Author
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