Title

Satisfactions and stresses of independent practice

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

11-7-1984

Abstract

This study ascertained the satisfactions and stresses of psychologists in independent practice. 480 American members of APA Division 42 were surveyed regarding the advantages and disadvantages of independent practice. The vast majority of respondents were satisfied with independent practice as a career choice. Primary sources of satisfaction were professional independence, promoting patient growth, autonomy, and professional success. Major sources of stress were time pressures, economic uncertainty, caseload uncertainty, business aspects, and excessive workloads. Several differences were found on the basis of gender and full time/part-time status. Suggestions for managing the inevitable stresses associated with independent practice are offered. These Findings provide a balanced picture of independent practice and realistic information for the current and prospective practitioner. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Title

Psychotherapy in Private Practice

Volume

2

Issue

4

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