The Experience of Being a Qualified Female BME Clinical Psychologist in a National Health Service: An Interpretative Phenomenological and Repertory Grid Analysis

  • Shamarel O. E. Odusanya, David Winter, Lizette Nolte, Snehal Shah
  • Journal of Constructivist Psychology, April 2017, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/10720537.2017.1304301

The experiences of being a qualified clinical psychologist from a BME background

What is it about?

This study explores the lived experience of black and minority ethnic (BME) clinical psychologists employed in the U.K. National Health Service (NHS). A mixed method qualitative approach was employed using repertory grids and interpretative phenomenological analysis. Six female BME clin- ical psychologists took part. Four master themes emerged from the analysis, including standing out as different, negotiating cultural and professional values, sitting with uncertainty, and feeling proud to be a clinical psychologist. The repertory grid analysis supported these ndings and enriched the study. Implications of the study are discussed—namely, the importance of the profession increasing the cultural competency and sensitivity of its members as well as becoming more diverse

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