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The experiences of psychologists in private practice working during the start of the COVID-19 lockdown: A pilot study

The experiences of psychologists in private practice working during the start of the COVID-19 lockdown: A pilot study

Miller, Denise ORCID: 0000-0001-9947-0616 and Essex, Ryan ORCID: 0000-0003-3497-3137 (2020) The experiences of psychologists in private practice working during the start of the COVID-19 lockdown: A pilot study. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study explores UK independent psychologists’ generalised experiences throughout the period of the UK lockdown from late March to mid-May 2020. A cross-sectional survey completed by 52 independent psychologists produced qualitative data. Data were subjected to descriptive and thematic analyses, respectively. A majority of independent psychologists in the UK sampled in this study reported at least some difficulty in response to COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown. Overall, the most pressing concerns were related to childcare, financial uncertainty, and the health and wellbeing of friends and family. However, a small number of participants felt they were not impacted by the lockdown, with some indicating it had a positive impact on their lives. Arguably one of the more interesting findings of our study was the vastly different circumstances of individual participants; while many had found lockdown difficult, others had taken advantage of the downtime it offered. This study underscores the importance of ongoing research that explores the wellbeing of the self-employed education and healthcare workforce, as COVID-19 is likely to have an ongoing impact on public life for years to come.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, lockdown, wellbeing, anxiety, psychology workforce
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Professional Workforce Development
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2021 12:47
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31090

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