ERIC Number: ED210605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
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Psychology Graduate Students Attitudes Toward Research: A National Survey.
Perl, Karen Goodman; Kahn, Marvin W.
Although graduate programs in psychology devote a substantial amount of time to research training, relatively few psychologists produce research. Psychology graduate students (N=2032) in university and professional school settings participated in a mail survey focusing on students' attitudes toward research in their training and careers. Comparison of clinical, applied, non-applied and professional school students indicated that all planned to devote some career time to research: non-applied students expected to devote the most time to research and professional school students the least. Overall, research interest increased with training and experience. However, a positive correlation was also found between increased research interest and obtaining statistically significant results in one's research. Eclectic was the most frequent first choice theoretical orientation of academic department students; behavioral and psychodynamic were next most popular among clinical students. The non-applied students were the most different from clinical students in terms of attitudes and orientation. Non-applied students tended to be significantly more behaviorally-oriented than the other groups; they were more enthusiastic about graduate school research, were more satisfied with their research, and reported obtaining significant results more often than clinical students. The findings suggest that demands of jobs, problems of learned models of research, or a shift of interests may affect subsequent research output. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).