An evaluation of practicing psychologists' perceptions of identified future trends in the field of psychology

Shannon Davis LaFramboise, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This survey research focused on identifiable trends for the future of psychology with specific emphasis on managed care, therapeutic interventions, and empirically supported treatment. The survey was based on results from a previously completed Delphi poll study (Norcross, Hedges, & Prochaska, 2002). Actively practicing individuals in the southeastern United States were targeted for this research. Surveys were administered via the postal mail delivery system as well as electronically to practitioners. Information was obtained from 101 participants. Descriptive statistics were generated for the sample. Data was analyzed using nonparametric statistics (rank order comparison) to evaluate similarities and differences between identified trends within the Delphi poll study and those among the practicing professionals. Four domains were assessed: predicted changes in theoretical orientation, predicted changes in therapeutic interventions, predicted changes in types of professionals entering the field, and predicted changes concerning specific scenarios in the field. No statistically significant differences were found for this study. Findings from this research should stimulate future developments as it relates to a greater understanding of the belief systems of practitioners in the field and how they seek to improve their clinical practices.^

Subject Area

Mental health|Counseling Psychology

Recommended Citation

Shannon Davis LaFramboise, "An evaluation of practicing psychologists' perceptions of identified future trends in the field of psychology" (2015). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI10003160.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI10003160

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