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Predicting psychologists’ intentions to integrate complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) into their practice.

Wilson, Lee-Ann M., White, Katherine M., & Hamilton, Kyra (2013) Predicting psychologists’ intentions to integrate complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) into their practice. Australian Psychologist, 48(2), pp. 149-158.

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Abstract

This study assessed the validity of a scale measuring psychologists' attitudes towards complementary and alternative therapies and compared the attitudes of psychologists with a previous sample of psychology students. The scale, derived from existing measures for medical professionals and previously tested on a sample of psychology students, was completed by practising psychologists (N = 122). The data were factor analysed, and three correlated subscales were identified, assessing the perceived importance of knowledge about available therapies, attitudes towards integration with psychological practice, and concerns about associated risks of use. This structure was similar, but not identical, to that found in a previous sample of psychology students; however, psychologists expressed more concern for risks associated with integration and were less likely to hold a positive attitude towards integration. This scale will be useful in gauging changes in psychologists' attitudes towards integrative practice over time.

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ID Code: 48993
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Attitudes - beliefs and values, Clinical/counselling psychology, Complementary and alternative therapies, Psychology and other disciplines
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00058.x
ISSN: 1742-9544 (online) 0005-0067 (print)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Australian Psychological Society
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2012 11:37
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2013 17:09

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