Prescription privileges for psychologists: A crunch in the paradigm?

Ralph E. Carlson (1999)

Prescription privileges for psychologists is an issue within the profession of psychology. Research reflects a growing momentum of psychologists favoring this move, but with concerns and ambivalence. These concerns and implications for psychology are reviewed in this qualitative dissertation which explores how fifteen psychologists located within a small New Hampshire community understand the issue and the implications for themselves and the profession. In-depth semi-standardized interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, coded, and analyzed, providing an idiomatic picture of issues on prescription privileges for psychologists. These themes were examined to provide a different, deeper view of the concerns about and implications for prescription privileges found in the data of previous empirical research in the literature review.