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The feminisation of psychology : a qualitative approach to access consequences for adolescent males in therapy

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posted on 2023-05-26, 17:30 authored by King, Louise Helen
A major shift in gender composition within the profession of psychology has occurred over recent decades. Fifty years ago psychology was considered a male dominated field. Statistics show it is now female dominated with a shortage of male psychologists forecast in the next ten years. Researchers, academics and professionals largely seem to ignore challenges the profession may face if the ratio of male to female psychologists continues to decline. This literature review describes research findings relating to the effect of psychologist gender in regards to treatment process and outcome in general. The review focuses on findings relating to the impact of psychologist gender when working with adolescents, with an emphasis on the potential benefits of gender match for adolescent males. Mental health issues with regard to adolescents in general are then discussed. Overall, the review highlights the need for future research in the area of gender in therapy and broad consideration of the impact of a future shortage of male psychologists.


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Copyright 2012 the author Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references

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