Graduate students' geropsychology training opportunities and perceived competence in working with older adults

Woodhead, Erin L., Emery, Erin E., Pachana, Nancy A., Scott, Theresa L., Konnert, Candace A. and Edelstein, Barry A. (2013) Graduate students' geropsychology training opportunities and perceived competence in working with older adults. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44 5: 355-362. doi:10.1037/a0034632


Author Woodhead, Erin L.
Emery, Erin E.
Pachana, Nancy A.
Scott, Theresa L.
Konnert, Candace A.
Edelstein, Barry A.
Title Graduate students' geropsychology training opportunities and perceived competence in working with older adults
Journal name Professional Psychology: Research and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-7028
1939-1323
Publication date 2013-10-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0034632
Open Access Status
Volume 44
Issue 5
Start page 355
End page 362
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
Formatted abstract
The current study surveyed clinical and counseling graduate students in the United States (n = 380), Canada (n = 211), Australia (n = 117), and New Zealand (n = 20) to assess geropsychology training opportunities and perceived competency in working with older adults. More geropsychology opportunities were available to participants from the United States and Australia/New Zealand than from Canada. Participants not enrolled in programs with specialty geropsychology tracks reported a lower proportion of faculty doing research, F(1, 537) = 182.13, p < .001 and clinical work, F(1, 452) = 36.13, p < .001 with older adults, lower perceived level of interest among faculty in increasing aging content, F(1, 584) = 59.98, p < .001, fewer aging courses taken, F(1, 582) = 46.91, p < .001, and fewer total practicum hours with older adult clients, F(1, 313) = 10.88, p = .001. For participants enrolled in a program with a specialty track, higher levels of perceived competency were associated with higher levels of perceived interest among faculty in increasing aging content (β = 0.29, p = .045) and more courses that included geropsychology topics (β = 0.42, p = .020). Significant associations were similar for participants not enrolled in a program with a specialty track, except that more practicum sites with older adults (β = 0.19, p = .002) and more total practicum hours with older adults (β = 0.31, p < .001) were also associated with ratings of perceived competency. Participants anticipated working with older adults in their future careers via seeing a wide age range of clients in independent practice, working in a specialty that includes older adults (neuropsychology), or including older family members in services.
Keyword Competency
Education
Geropsychology
Older adults
Training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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