Wounded healers or wholesome practitioners? Future psychologists’ complete state model of mental health

Anscombe, Lauren (2013). Wounded healers or wholesome practitioners? Future psychologists’ complete state model of mental health Master's Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Anscombe, Lauren
Thesis Title Wounded healers or wholesome practitioners? Future psychologists’ complete state model of mental health
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013-10-16
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Judith Murray
Total pages 140
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Mental ill-health in practicing psychologists is postulated as stemming from either the nature of the professional role, or from prior experiences and subsequent vulnerability to mental ill-health. Given these two suggestions the current study sought to describe the mental health of students anticipating a career in psychology. A sample of 131 undergraduate students attending The University of Queensland responded to a battery of measures assessing the axioms of psychological distress, and hedonic and eudaimonic subjective well-being. In accordance with the Complete State Model of Mental Health participants’ outcome scores across axioms were described in terms of flourishing, languishing, struggling, or floundering. A multinomial logistic regression suggested no increased risk of struggling 95% CI [0.16, 1.21] or floundering [0.02, 0.92] in comparison to the optimal mental health of flourishing, for students anticipating a career in psychology rather than an alternate occupation. Chi-square analyses did suggest that students identifying as future psychologists had engaged in more counselling (p = .003) and reported more mental health diagnoses (p = .016). These results, in addition to qualitative analyses, suggest future psychologists readily identify personal experiences of mental ill-health as a motivator for career choice, hence congruent with the phenomena of ‘wounded healers’. However, a deficit interpretation of personal motivation is withheld given the similarity of current mental health between case and control participants. Alternatively, the experiences of future psychologists are discussed with interest surrounding intrapersonal skills and emotional awareness. Therefore these results suggest review of current undergraduate psychology programs to nurture the unique experiences of students entering the profession and aspire to buffer against vulnerability to mental ill-health during professional practice.
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