Clinical psychologists' beliefs about the purpose of their profession in relation to the wider mental health system: a case study of views on new powers of compulsion

Parsloe, T. (2012) Clinical psychologists' beliefs about the purpose of their profession in relation to the wider mental health system: a case study of views on new powers of compulsion. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

Despite the profession’s putative reflexivity, little theoretical or empirical literature addresses British clinical psychologists’ beliefs about the nature of their profession and its relationship with the wider mental health system. This study examined attitudes towards one new development – the adoption of compulsory powers – in order to discover the implicit beliefs that clinical psychologists draw upon in practice. Written comments from 292 clinical psychologists responding to an earlier questionnaire survey were analysed using Grounded Theory, together with data from a focus group.
Two contrasting constellations of belief emerged. Some clinical psychologists appeared to believe in the profession’s ability to transform services from the inside by opportunistically accreting power. Others appeared to believe in a need to defend the profession against assimilation, by maintaining separate spaces for more collaborative relationships. These overarching beliefs were associated with different beliefs about specific issues, namely professional identity, its compatibility or otherwise with coercion, where power is located and what drives organisational change.
These findings suggest a need for greater professional self-examination. They are considered with reference to organisational, sociological and psychological literature. Limitations and areas for further research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Clinical psychology, clinical psychologists, mental health systems, mental health services, grounded theory
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0467 Clinical psychology
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2012 14:39
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 11:01
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/10940

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