Predictors of graduate student attitudes toward prescription privileges for psychologists

Kristen A. Luscher, William R. Corbin, Jeffrey A. Bernat, Karen S. Calhoun, Lily D. McNair

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The issue of gaining prescription privileges and its potential impact on the field of clinical psychology has special relevance for graduate students. This study was designed to investigate clinical graduate students' attitudes toward prescription authority, identify salient variables that contribute to these attitudes, and ascertain preferred models of training. Only 42.5% of respondents personally desired to obtain prescription privilege, although 61.8% of respondents favored efforts of the American Psychological Association to acquire prescription authority. Proponents and opponents were compared on their ratings of positive and negative aspects of the debate. There was strong agreement that the training should not be predoctoral and that it should lead to board certification. The strongest predictors of graduate students' attitudes were concerns about fundamental change to the field, malpractice premiums, and whether they considered it a logical extension of the field. This study provides a framework for understanding important factors influencing the decision-making process among clinical psychology graduate students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-792
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes
  • Graduate students
  • Prescription privileges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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