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ERIC Number: ED396203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 31
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Minority Representation within Fields in Psychology: Implications for Career Counseling, Training, and APA Recruitment by Division.
Steward, Robbie J.; Powers, Robin
An examination of the representation of doctoral level, United States-based, racial/ethnic minority professionals (n=1,597) by division within the American Psychological Association (APA) was conducted. Membership status (i.e., member, fellow), specialty area, and sex also are noted in the compilation of findings. Results indicate that U.S.-based, doctoral level, minority professionals who have the potential to influence the future of each discipline within psychology appear to be quite limited, comprising only 2.6% of the total APA membership. Three ways by which the APA may begin addressing this under-representation are recommended: (1) all APA-approved training programs responsible for the instruction of undergraduate and graduate students should insure that students are exposed early in their educations to extensive information related to every possible APA division and psychology specialty; (2) an archival study should be conducted which analyzes the composition of those APA members who have no division membership; this study could increase understanding of such a professional choice; additionally, this population of members could serve as a pool for recruitment by all divisions--particularly those with little minority representation; and (3) senior division members who are APA fellows could begin to mentor minority members for fellow status within the division. Ten tables presenting results are appended. Contains 15 references. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: American Psychological Association