The purpose of this study is to examine the degree to which licensed psychologists are aware of the impact of shame as an underlying cause for various types of psychopathology in clinical and forensic settings. As a self-conscious emotion underlying numerous psychodynamic concepts, shame has largely been disregarded in the mostly behavior-based diagnoses described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). However there is significant research supporting the importance of shame for conceptualization in both clinical interventions and forensic assessments. In order to examine the degree of awareness of the concept of shame as presented in numerous forensic and clinical studies, a survey was designed and disseminated among members of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Forensic Mental Health Association of California, and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Although limited by small sample size, results indicated a general lack of appreciation of the importance of shame. Neither workplace setting, nor the type of educational background, nor the number of years in practice significantly predicted the number of questions answered correctly in the survey about shame. However, participants with a Psy.D. degree, in Institutional settings tended to answer guilt a significantly greater number of times than their Ph.D. non-institutional setting peers, particularly when they had been practicing for a shorter amount of time than those peers.
|Advisor:||Michael, Christopher, Skidmore, Sherry|
|Commitee:||Concannon, Diana, Glaser, Debra F.|
|School:||Alliant International University|
|Department:||Los Angeles, CSFS|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Impact, Psychologists' knowledge, Psychopathology, Self-consious emotions, Shame, Treatment|
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