William R. Lindsay reveals how much psychologists can do to help with emotional problems even when communication is difficult.

MANY people with learning disabilities are suffering from emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression. There are uncertainties about the level of disorder in this population, but it is...

Helen Prosser argues that the detection
and diagnosis of mental health problems in adults
with learning disabilities can be greatly improved.

THE mental health needs of adults with learning disabilities have become increasingly visible as a result of policies to move them from institutions into smaller homes based in the community....

Guest Editors Chris Hatton, Richard Hastings and Arlene Vetere introduce a special feature on learning disabilities and mental health, initiated by the North West of England Branch.

PEOPLE with learning disabilities occupy relatively little space in the consciousness of the UK psychological community (Bender, 1993; Remington, 1998). One sign of this relative neglect is the...

Geoff Lindsay and Petruska Clarkson explore the difficulties of psychotherapeutic work.

THE ethical basis of psychological practice has received increased attention in recent years. For example, recent Presidential addresses to The British Psychological Society (Lindsay, 1995), the...

Pat Rabbitt

COMPLETE explanations of why any of us do anything for an entire working lifetime are uninteresting because, if they are truthful, they are plotless catalogues of random accidents. The experience...

Robert H. Logie explains what we know so far about the ‘desktop of the brain’.

WHAT were you doing just before you looked at this article? How many other things are currently ‘at the back of your mind’? What is 37 times 4? If all Society members are psychologists and some...

Michael Argyle

I DID not go into psychology to solve my own problems, it was to understand someone else’s. I had a friend at school who was very shy and socially unskilled (as we would now say), and this...

Peer commentaries by Steve Reicher, Ann Phoenix, and Gerry Finn. Plus reply by Kwame Owusu-Bempah and Dennis Howitt.

n this peer commentary target article, Kwame Owusu-Bempah
and Dennis Howitt argue that psychology perpetuates racism
— in particular, by contributing to the myth of black self-hatred.

THIRTY years ago, psychologists, sociologists and other social scientists were publicly charged by UNESCO with the responsibility for tackling racism at its very root (UNESCO, 1967). Since then,...

Katharine Mair casts doubt on the link between dissociative identity disorder and severe childhood trauma.

THE phenomenon of multiple personality — in which one person can assume several different identities, switching between them in an apparently involuntary way — used to be considered both rare and...

Michael Gruneberg discusses some negative influences of the Research Assessment Exercise.

MANY people, including myself, will have read with considerable pleasure the ‘Personal space’ by Alan Baddeley on the adverse influence of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) on publication...

Alan Frankland and Lesley Cohen present a draft of new guidelines for good practice in this difficult area, and invite comment and debate.

RECOVERED memory and the risk of false memory are important issues of concern for a wide range of practitioner psychologists. The Society wishes to ensure that any guidelines eventually adopted in...

A review by John Coleman and Debi Roker.

Tony Roth explains how to gain entry to clinical psychology.

Kathy Doherty and Irina Anderson examine social reasoning about rape and some of its negative consequences for the victims.

Sue Cavill reports on her visit to the Waltham Forest Educational Psychology Service for our occasional series 'Psychology in practice'.

Jennifer Brown argues for a distinctive policing psychology.

Rowan Myron-Wilson and Peter K. Smith look at the rising number of 'good' degrees in psychology and at how departments vary.

Celia Kitzinger, Adrian Coyle, Sue Wilkinson and Martin Milton present the rationale behind the proposed Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section.

Hadyn Ellis and Andrew Ellis

Ron Roberts, John Golding and Tony Towell look at the implications of financial hardship for the well-being of students and the wider community.

Michael Morgan returns to the quantitative vs. qualitative debate.
Neil Cooper and Chris Stevenson suggest that Michael Morgan fails to consider that science is a social activity.
Carol Sherrard argues for the coexistence of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Michael Morgan attempts to summarise the main questions that divide the participants in the debate.

James Hartley gave the C.S. Myers Lecture at the Society's 1998 Annual Conference in Brighton.