Schooling the good citizen

Our editor Jon Sutton introduces a special collection on psychological attempts to shift attitudes and behaviour amongst the next generation.

How does it feel to be a psychologist in these ‘interesting times’? Can it seem like the weight of the world is on your shoulders: so many societal issues, so little time? 

I can feel overwhelmed on your behalf with the idea that psychologists can work across health and social systems, with shrinking budgets, in order to nip problems in the bud or tackle them if they do arise. But then, in British Psychological Society-organised sessions at the European Congress of Psychology in Moscow, I hear examples of this already happening

In many of these areas – mental and physical health, prejudice, political engagement – there’s also a sense that the next generation are far more ‘woke’ than we might be. Psychologists are often playing a key role in seeking to ensure this is the case. In this issue, we bring together some of those ‘schooling the good citizen’.

Breaking down the barriers
Pooky Knightsmith on school-based approaches to mental health

Imagine all the people
Sian Jones on prejudice towards immigrants

Building resilience to radicalisation
Lynn Davies

'It's a real critical period around gender'
We hear from Sarah Davidson from the Gender Identity Development Service

Teaching individuals gender equality and respect
Dan O'Hare 

Civic and political engagement in young people
Martyn Barrett and Dimitra Pachi

A recipe for taste connoisseurs
Helen Coulthard on teaching healthy eating

Outstanding theatre in Edinburgh

Society President David Murphy is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year he’s already caught more than 20 shows; here are his brief thoughts on three that have stood out for him.

‘Trauma is playing out in the theatre of the body’

Kal Kseib meets Dr Peter Levine, the founder of the ‘Somatic Experiencing’ approach to trauma.

Beyond tokenism: Autistic people in autism research

Damian E.M. Milton on participatory research with autistic people, plus links to our content on this topic.

Difficult conversations in the SpeakEasy

Annie Brookman-Byrne and Jon Sutton report from psychology-themed events at Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Suffolk.


Queer approaches to depathologisation

In this 'long read' chapter from her new book 'Queer Ink: A Blotted History Towards Liberation', Katherine Hubbard considers the contributions of Evelyn Hooker and June Hopkins.

Moving towards a modern Mental Health Act

Sophie Carruthers talks to some key stakeholders in the Independent Review. Do we even need an Act, and if so how do we ensure the best experience for people – particularly those from ethnic minority groups?

September 2019

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