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ERIC Number: EJ1077469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1475-7257
A Case Study of Professional Boundary Issues Experienced by Undergraduate Psychology Students in a Supervised Field Experience Course
Sharp, Gwen; Yao, Richard; Cresiski, Robin; Hahn, Kate
Psychology Learning and Teaching, v12 n3 p266-274 Sep 2013
There has been little research on the types of boundary issues encountered in undergraduate psychology field experience courses, despite the increased popularity of such courses. This case study identifies the frequency and types of boundary issues faced by undergraduate psychology students enrolled in such a course, including the most common issues experienced at different types of placements. The case study included 50 students enrolled in a supervised undergraduate psychology field experience course at a small public teaching institution. Boundary issues, including inappropriate comments, behavior, or physical contact from employees or clients, were not uncommon, but varied based on student characteristics and type of placement. Women reported more frequent, and serious, inappropriate comments and behavior than men. Boundary issues were most common in drug and alcohol rehabilitation agencies. The findings from this case study suggest several steps field experience supervisors may take to improve the learning experience for students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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