‘It’s not in my job description’: An exploration of trainee clinical psychologists’ attitudes towards research and perceptions of DClinPsy research culture

Ron Dodzro, Jennifer Heath, Helen Ellis-Caird, Rosemary Kingston

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Abstract

This project aimed to investigate attitudes towards research and perceived research culture among trainee clinicalpsychologists across the UK. This was achieved by exploring factors such as: research training environment,research attitudes, research self-efficacy, and professional identity. An online survey was completed by 44 traineeclinical psychologists who started training in 2020. The findings showed that UK trainee clinical psychologistsdid not perceive a strong research training environment, they did not hold strong attitudes towards research,or have positive research self-efficacy as indicated in previous research. It is of some concern that the role ofresearcher, as part of the identity of a clinical psychologist, was not seen to be instrumental by most trainees.Important differences in the results of this research compared to previous published literature are discussed, inaddition to a consideration of the implications of these findings for training and the post-qualification role ofclinical psychologists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-31
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Psychology Forum
Volume366
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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