Moral judgments and ethical constructs in clinical psychology doctoral students

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    This cross-sectional study compared the moral reasoning of first-year and third-year doctoral students in clinical psychology. Nineteen first-year and 20 third-year students were recruited from 17 doctoral training programs in the UK. Most adopted a sophisticated approach to moral judgments, as assessed by the Defining Issues Test, although, surprisingly, more experienced students had significantly less sophisticated schemata. In their moral judgments, less experienced students relied more heavily on their personal, and more experienced students on their professional, constructs, as assessed by repertory grid technique. Integration between personal and professional constructs was higher in more experienced students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages12
    JournalEthics and Behavior
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Nov 2019


    • acculturation
    • clinical psychology students
    • defining issues test
    • moral judgment
    • personal constructs


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