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Katz, D.A. Kaplan, M. Stromberg, S.E. (2012). A National Survey of Candidates: I. Demographics, Practice Patterns, and Satisfaction with Training. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 60(1):71-96.

(2012). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 60(1):71-96

Psychoanalytic Education Section

A National Survey of Candidates: I. Demographics, Practice Patterns, and Satisfaction with Training

Debra A. Katz, Marcia Kaplan and Sarah E. Stromberg

To better focus efforts in recruiting psychoanalytic candidates, current candidates' demographics, practice patterns, and satisfaction with psychoanalytic training were investigated. An anonymous web-based survey was distributed by e-mail to all candidates subscribing to the affiliate member e-mail list in 2009-2010. Surveys were completed by 226 of 565 affiliate members, for a return rate of 40%. The majority of respondents were women 45 to 64 years of age, married, with a doctoral degree, in private practice, with an annual household income of over $100,000. Most candidates devoted 11 to 30 hours a week to training and had no analysts or candidates in their workplace. Almost half had considered training for more than four years before matriculation, with financial issues cited most frequently as delaying entry. Over 80% of respondents were satisfied with their training. The most frequently cited reasons for dissatisfaction were a negative institute atmosphere, concerns about teaching or the curriculum, and difficulty finding cases. Candidates in training for eight years or more accounted for almost 20% of the group and were more often dissatisfied with training. This study demonstrates that the majority of current candidates are satisfied with training but suggests that recruitment may become increasingly difficult unless factors related to time, cost, case finding, graduation requirements, and institute atmosphere can be addressed.

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