Influences on the Career Choice of Psychotherapists

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Motivations and experiences relevant to the career choices of 56 clinical psychologists practicing psychotherapy were assessed and compared with those from a sample of 53 social psychologists. Clinical psychologists were more likely than social psychologists to have been influenced in their career selections by (a) experiences of psychological distress in themselves and in their families of origin, (b) desires to resolve personal problems, and (c) a wish to pursue opportunities for vocational achievement and professional advancement. However, most respondents did not view problematic histories as central to their choice of career, and the magnitude of difference between the two groups of professionals was small. Results illuminate reasons why individuals choose careers as psychotherapists. Implications for the training of therapists are also discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Murphy, RA; Halgin, RP

Published Date

  • August 1, 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 422 - 426

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0735-7028

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0735-7028.26.4.422

Citation Source

  • Scopus