Date of Award


Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Clinical.




Tension exists among members of various mental health professions, but factors that contribute to this tension are unclear. Levinger and Snoek's (1971) theory of interpersonal attraction and Deusch's (1981) theory of competition for limited resources provide a framework from which to discuss hypotheses and results. The purposes of the present study were to (1) assess amount and type of interdisciplinary contact available to mental health professionals-in-training, (2) assess interdisciplinary attitudes of professionals-in-training, and (3) determine factors contributing to favourable attitudes toward mental health professionals. One hundred and sixty-one respondents from clinical psychology, psychiatry, and social work programmes in eight Ontario universities and one Michigan university completed the Mental Health Professions Questionnaire (MHPQ) and Personality Research Form-E. Results indicated that professionals-in-training had more frequent same-discipline interpersonal and task-related contact than other-discipline interpersonal and task-related contact than other-discipline contact, interdisciplinary contact predicts positive task competence ratings, and clinical psychology students rate their discipline as more competent to perform most clinical tasks than other professions. Results also indicated that there are few interdisciplinary personality attribute differences and that mental health professionals-in-training are more likely to make referrals to same-discipline than other-discipline members. Although further research is necessary, these results suggest that interdisciplinary contact during training of mental health professionals contributes to developing positive other-discipline attitudes.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .D653. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 54-05, Section: B, page: 2747. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.