Practice Patterns across the Clinical Life Span: Results from the California Survey of Psychological
Pingitore, D., and R.M. Scheffler. “Practice Patterns across the Clinical Life Span: Results from the California Survey of Psychological Practice.” Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 36(4) (Aug. 2005): 434-440.
Recent surveys among psychologists and historical accounts of the profession document important practice pattern differences among psychologists on the basis of years of postlicensure experience. Evidence for these differences across 4 groups of psychologists was examined from responses to the 2000 California Survey of Psychological Practice. Psychologists with fewer than 5 years of experience were found to treat on a weekly basis a greater percentage of patients with childhood disorders and substance abuse disorders and to spend a greater percentage of practice time in public health and/or mental health settings than other psychologists. No differences were found in the use of 3 dominant forms of psychotherapy. The implications of these results for practicing psychologists, graduate faculty and students, and representatives of state psychological associations are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)