The impact of specialist training on professional identity, organisational membership, organisational commitment, and stress in correctional psychologists

Curtis, Ashlee, and Day, Andrew (2013) The impact of specialist training on professional identity, organisational membership, organisational commitment, and stress in correctional psychologists. Journal of Forensic Practice, 15 (2). pp. 130-140.

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Abstract

Purpose: Recent years have seen some significant changes to the psychology profession in Australia that have prompted debate about the role of specialist areas of practice. This study aims to investigate those attitudes and values that might be associated with one particular specialism, that of forensic psychology.

Design/methodology/approach: The influence of specialist forensic training on the professional identity of 30 correctional psychologists was examined in relation to their self-reported level of stress, organisational membership, and organisational commitment.

Findings: The results suggest that exposure to specialist training in forensic psychology may not be directly associated with organisational commitment, membership or stress, although some differences between forensic psychologists and those who held other professional practice qualifications were observed.

Research limitations/implications: The main limitations of the study include the small sample size and the use of a scale that has not been well-validated. Replication and extension of the study is required.

Practical implications: The study has implications for the recruitment and retention of psychologists in correctional settings and for the development of professional identity in post-graduate training programmes.

Originality/value: This study is the first to explore the differences in professional identity, organisational commitment, organisational membership and stress in a sample of psychologists who practice in the correctional setting.

Item ID: 47714
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2050-8808
Keywords: psychology, forensic psychology, professional identity, organisational commitment, organisational membership, training
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 01:57
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 100%
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