Moral judgments and ethical constructs in clinical psychology doctoral students

Jenkin, Angie C. and Ellis-Caird, Helen and Winter, David A. (2019) Moral judgments and ethical constructs in clinical psychology doctoral students. Ethics & Behavior . ISSN Print ISSN: 1050-8422; Online ISSN: 1532-7019

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Abstract

This cross-sectional study compared the moral reasoning of first-year and third-year doctoral students in clinical psychology. Nineteen first-year and 20 third-year students were recruited from 17 doctoral training programs in the UK. Most adopted a sophisticated approach to moral judgments, as assessed by the Defining Issues Test, although, surprisingly, more experienced students had significantly less sophisticated schemata. In their moral judgments, less experienced students relied more heavily on their personal, and more experienced students on their professional, constructs, as assessed by repertory grid technique. Integration between personal and professional constructs was higher in more experienced students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acculturation, Defining Issues Test, Moral Judgment, Personal Constructs, Clinical Psychology Students
Subjects: Learning & Education > Learning & Education in Psychology
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Clinical Psychology
Department/People: Special Units
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2092

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