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Gender variance and the role of the Educational Psychologist (EP): An exploration of the perspectives of EPs and Trainee Educational Psychologists (TEPs) in Wales

Court, Emma 2019. Gender variance and the role of the Educational Psychologist (EP): An exploration of the perspectives of EPs and Trainee Educational Psychologists (TEPs) in Wales. DEdPsy Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis is divided into three parts: a literature review, an empirical study and a critical appraisal. Part A, the literature review, aims to provide a broad perspective on the topic of Gender Variance (GV), including discussion of pertinent areas within the extant literature. The review begins by defining and exploring key terminology surrounding GV, as well as summarising pertinent theories and discourses linked to the outlined terminology. It proceeds to explore and critically appraise statistics surrounding the prevalence of GV for Children and Young People (CYP) in the UK, purported correlations with the wellbeing and mental health of those CYP and how these statistics have triggered government responses at a national and more localised level. The review concludes by exploring how the preceding sections potentially implicate Educational Psychologists (EPs) as a professional group that can offer support to Gender Variant (GV) CYP, despite a paucity of literature exploring the role of the EP within this area to date. The exposed gap within the literature presents the rationale for this research, leading to the conceptualisation of the research questions. Part B, the empirical study, explores the constructs held by Trainee Educational Psychologists (TEPs) and EPs within Wales in regards to GV and how they perceive the role of the EP in supporting CYP who may self-identify as GV. The empirical study provides a detailed overview of the research undertaken, including an outline of the methodology and method utilised followed by the findings from a thematic analysis of interview data from the seven TEPs/EPs who partook in this research. The findings are explored in relation to overarching strands of psychology thought to best capture the data set in its entirety. Part C, the critical appraisal, presents a reflective and reflexive account of the research journey undertaken through considered focus on two areas: the self as research practitioner and the contribution to knowledge and practice. The decisions taken throughout each stage of the research development are reflected upon, acknowledging how the researcher’s values, beliefs and experiences may have influenced the end research before consideration of how this research may have future relevance to the researcher’s own practice and the wider EP profession.

Item Type: Thesis (DEdPsy)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 July 2019
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 02:42

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