Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effects of Psychotherapy on General Mental Health of Psychology Graduate Students as a Function of Program Requirements
by Simpson, Eric L., Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2014, 81; 3633317
Abstract (Summary)

Many psychology professionals and students have strong opinions regarding the need for those practicing psychology, to have been participants themselves. Traditionally, this has been studied in regards to shaping improved clinicians. Yet, the idea of therapists needing therapy, for the same reasons as their clients, is relatively unexplored. This study compared symptoms of depression and anxiety in psychology graduate students who did, and did not, attend personal therapy while in graduate school. The same data was used to compare symptom levels across program type. A total of 101 participants volunteered from three southern California psychology graduate programs (MFT and PsyD). Additional data was collected regarding views of therapy and reasons for beginning therapy. A significant number of participants who began therapy in graduate school reported that it had helped them. Also, a significant number of participants reported that they began therapy due to life stressors, not as an educational tool.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sinacola, Richard
Commitee: Balice, Guy
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 76/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Anxiety, Depression, Graduate, Students
Publication Number: 3633317
ISBN: 978-1-321-12978-6
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