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Baker, Martyn; Nash, Jen (2011)
Publisher: Wiley
Languages: English
Types: Article
The great majority of the UK clinical psychology workforce is female, and this fact prompted an examination of the various ways clinical psychology might be seen as attractive to women – a neglected research topic. Female clinical psychology trainees from a variety of training programmes Q-sorted statements of potential job attractors. The process of analysis is outlined, before most of the article is devoted to explicating the five narratives of attraction generated: making a difference, waiting for what I want, idealising challenge, identifying with distress, and acknowledging power and privilege. Two super-ordinate ‘stories’ spanning the narratives are suggested – an over-riding attraction to the profession, and a rebuttal of the suggestion that this attraction may be based on any overtly gendered grounds. In the absence of previous empirical data of women’s attraction to clinical psychology, the small but significant contribution to understanding the profession made by the analysis is acknowledged – as is the need for further research to confirm and develop the findings.
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