The study tested a theory that confidence in practice is associated with 6 variables. A random sample of 425 (0.8%) of the 53,000 clinical psychologists in private practice in the US in 1988 received a questionnaire by mail: 369 of the questionnaires reached eligible, practicing clinical psychologists; 174 (47%) were returned and usable. Of the 174, there were 111 men and 56 women, and 7 did not report their gender. Sixty-six were in solo practice; 51 in group practice; 26 in clinics, hospitals, or mental health centers; 31 did not report setting. The independent, positive correlates of confidence were clarity of goal attainment, availability of expertise, experience (below age 50), and concentration on psychotherapy as opposed to assessment and consultation. Client load and theoretical orientation were not related to confidence.
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