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ERIC Number: ED523571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 172
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-7630-1
Second-Generation Psychologists: An Examination of Parental Impact on Career Choice
Roland, Elisabeth Zal
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, Chestnut Hill College
This research examined the issue of psychologists' career choice, focusing on the presence of a psychologist parent as a contributing factor, and explored the reasons why children of psychologists might choose a career in psychology. Additionally, this research sought to establish if there was a consistent relationship between psychologist parent and psychologist child reports of family dynamics, as well as analyzed the specific influences on becoming a therapist for the children of psychologists. This study was a mixed method research design, involving both quantitative and qualitative data. Approximately fourteen parent-child dyads and six partial dyads were selected through networking and snowball sampling (N = 34). Participants were required to have a doctorate in psychology or be in training towards such a degree. Each dyad was administered the Self-Report Family Inventory (SFI) and the psychologist children were additionally given the Influences on Becoming a Therapist (IBT). Seven dyads were then randomly selected from the sample for semi-structured interviews about the parent and child experiences. Repeated measures t-tests were used to evaluate the consistency of parent and child reports on the SFI. Data from the IBT was summarized using descriptive statistics to understand the child's perspective on their psychologist parent's influence on their career choice. Thematic analysis of the interviews illustrated the major themes and categories that described the phenomenon of second-generation psychologists. Results from this study indicate that the majority of the psychologist children both recognized the impact of their psychologist parent on their career choice and characterized their relationships with these formative individuals as "positive," "very close," and "warm." The child and parent psychologists reported consistent impression of family functioning, suggesting some household cohesion and understanding among its members. Furthermore, results indicated that psychologist children scored significantly lower than the general population of psychologists on questions about the presence of trauma in their upbringing. Results from this study can be utilized by graduate programs in order to respond more adeptly to the differing motivations and backgrounds of psychologists in training. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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