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A support group for women psychiatrists

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Jane Bernal*
Psychiatry of Mental Handicap, Cambridge University Department of Psychiatry, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, formerly Royal Free Hospital
Abigail Seltzer
Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF, formerly Royal Free Hospital
Carol Harvey
Charing Cross Hospital, London W6 8RP, formerly Royal Free Hospital
Jill Livingstone
Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG
Janet Carrick
Maudsley Hospital, London SE5 8AZ, formerly Royal Free Hospital
Joy Dalton
Whittington Hospital, London N19
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We were members of a support group for women psychiatrists which we found rewarding and which stimulated us to question many assumptions. We describe our experiences in the hope that trainees and consultants alike will consider the potential of similar groups in their own working lives.

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Further reading

Equal Opportunities Commission (1982) Caring for the Elderly and Handicapped: Community Care Policies and Women's Lives.Google Scholar
Kaufman Cartwright, L. (1987) Occupation stress in women physicians. In Stress in Health Professionals (eds Payne, R. and Firth-Cozens, J.). Chichester: John Wiley.Google Scholar
Krzowski, S. & Land, P. (1988) (eds) In Our Experience: Running Workshops with Women. London: Women's Press.Google Scholar
Margison, F. R. (1987) Stress in Psychiatrists (eds Payne, R. and Firth-Cozens, J.). Stress in Health Professionals. Chichester: John Wiley.Google Scholar
Scarr, S. & Dunn, J. (1987) Mothercare/Othercare. Harmondsworth: Penguin.Google Scholar
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