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How young is too young to be a psychologist?

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June 16, 2019 / By Carlotta
Question: I have 2 questions: 1) If I stay on track with my college plan, I will be 24-25 when I get my PHD in Psychology. (I am 18 now and in my second year getting my BA) But if I am officially a "Psychologist" when I am 24 how am I going to begin work and start making money, who is going to go to a 24 year old who has just begun? How do you start? 2) The college I am at has a program to get your BA/MA together with just an extra year of coursework but the counselor said its for people who are planning to go into research. What type of research does she mean, what would I be researching, I have always thought I'd go into therapy and things of that nature but I am curious about the research aspects of Psychology. Can anyone give me some info?
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Anetta Anetta | 4 days ago
You might be able to work with teens or children, but you are right that older people would probably think they were throwing money away to work with a "kid." Many public schools, especially alternative schools, need trained psychologists to work with the kids on the many issues students bring to school that keep them from learning. As far as research - psychologists do a lot of research in education. Things like what the best procedures are for motivating kids, identifying best practices for the classroom, how kids learn, how to cope with bullying, how to help kids deal with trauma....a young person would be able to interact with children and teens and might be seen as less intrusive in a research setting than someone who is the age of their parents or even grandparents. Sometimes kids will open up with someone they perceive as "cool," and younger people have a better shot at that than older people.
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Anetta Originally Answered: Dating Advice: How Young Is Too Young?
The problem isn't just social acceptance. The issue here is what I like to call "phase of life." You're 19: You graduated. Your working or in college. You can legally enter into contracts and own property. You may have rent, utilities, student loans, cell phone bills, insurance concerns. She's 13: She is in middle school, she has homework, curfews, she can't drive yet, she can't sign any legal documents, doesn't make her own living, is utterly reliant on her parents for her shelter, food and necessities. These make you very different people and does not make for a lasting relationship. This is also a power imbalance, and it's not fair to her. You have so much more power in life in general, and she doesn't. It makes it an unequal relationship and puts her at a severe disadvantage to make decisions about the relationship. Not to mention that girls that age are undergoing neurological changes as a normal process of adolescence. These changes make them impulsive and over-emotional, without much appreciation for consequences. When they enter a romantic relationship, it's overpowering and sometimes all consuming, and frankly they don't know when to end it when it's clearly dead. Drawing a person like that into a relationship is cruel to them.
Anetta Originally Answered: Dating Advice: How Young Is Too Young?
She was my brothers friends and i didn't find out till later her real age. She told me she was 16..I just turned 17 she had really just turned 14 but we just remained friends till it was legal and now we're getting married..but that is a little BIG more of a difference. She is still 13. You are 19. 6 years and you are LEGAL. That is jail time. Even when you are what? 24 she will just be 18..thats college and a new journey in life that will leave you have wasted 5 years of life and heartbroken..if you were 16 or 17 i would say go for it..but for this..you need to move on

Wilburn Wilburn
It is unlikely that you will be hired as a fully fledged Psychologist straight out of University and I would think it is more likely that you will be working a slightly less pressured role at least for the initial short term as the case for most qualifications. However if you are exceptional and have excellent grades there is always the possibility you will be admitted to a Psychologist fully operational position. Age is not necessarily going to be a concern its more likely to be experience.
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Sawyer Sawyer
I wouldn't talk to a shrink unless he or she is like 40+ years old. Someone I would think had alot of experience and wasn't a nooby.
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Sawyer Originally Answered: How you young is too young?
I was 18 and that was too young. All my friends started clubbing when we turned 19 (legal age at that time) and guess where I was? Sitting at home in sweats on a friday night or saturday night while they were getting their hair and nails done, putting on cute clothes and going out. I couldn't afford a babysitter every weekend night. My daughters are all grown up now, but it was awful the first few christmases and birthdays when money was tight. Do you know how it feels to get a package of crayons from the dollar store and 1 coloring book and that is your only presents? My kids do. Do you understand how hard it is to finish high school, get a college degree and find a job paying more than minimum wage (it was 3.35/hour when I was working then) just to supplement the food? Food stamps on average right now are about 180/month and WIC only gives you around 12 cans of formula per month. I think the state cash program is around 350/month (at least in Illinois). Even if you manage to get into subsidized (state funded) housing, you are still looking at spending that whole cash allotment on rent and utilities. So there you are without any extra cash for necessities like diapers and tampons or toliet paper. Babies on average cost about $ 7,000.00 in just the first year with a total cost over 18 years being around $188,000.. That is paying for just the basic needs. That doesn't include any fun stuff or anything for yourself. My advice is just wait. It is so much easier down the road when you have a husband or a good job to help you out. It isn't unusual to want a baby when you are a teenager. Most girls do. But it is so much better for both you and the child if you just wait until at least your early 20's. Also from a medical standpoint, teenagers are more likely to have toxemia, gestational diabetes (to the point you have to inject yourself daily with insulin just to remain pregnant), and a higher mortality rate (death during delivery to either the mother, the baby or both). I had toxemia (it sux). Toxemia is where your body retains fluid and causes you to have extreme fluctuations in your blood pressure which is hard for both you and the baby. I injected myself daily with insulin. (i only had diabetes during my pregnancy and it only happened when I was a pregnant teen and not during the pregnancies I had in my 20's). I also had placenta previa which meant that the placenta was lying under the baby nearest my cervix and would have killed the baby had I not had a c-section. I also had pre-term labor which started at 5 months into the pregnancy and caused me to be on bedrest the final 3 months. Imagine peeing in a bedpan when you are 8 months along. that sucked too. And since my baby had to be born by c-section and since she was premature and they didn't have a lot of time, I had a c-section without any pain killers. While I was awake and could feel them cutting me open. She was born premature and she darn near broke my pelvic bone during the labor because my hips didn't spread like they should due to my age. She was severely jaundiced and had to be under lights to correct that the first week of her life while she was in an incubator. It all worked out in the end and she is now a mother herself, but she waited. Waited for marriage, finished college, got a good job and now she is ready to be the type of mother a child truly deserves. She is financially stable, has a husband who helps and is able to give all her love, attention, time and money in order to assure that her child will never have to go without. Good luck, sweet. Lisa

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