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It is a pleasure to have two humorous pieces in one issue of the usually sober American Psychologist. I enjoyed the article "Adventures in Implied Psychology" by Frank Landy , but I was much more amused by the seemingly serious piece, "Humanistic Psychology and the Humane but Tough-Minded...
Cautions that in developing training models in mental health and aging, psychologists must not overlook what experience has taught them about mental health intervention or what they know already about older adults. It is suggested that a life-span developmental view complements a community and...
Current resolutions of the person–environment controversy suggest the need for viewing both persons and environments as interacting loci of behavior control. A particular issue of this broader conceptual movement is the development of a mix of personal and social controls that optimizes...
Suggests that C. W. Hughes and J. J. Lynch's review of data on the phenomenon of sudden swimming deaths is in need of clarification. The review's dismissal of psychosocial influences is said to be unfounded, and the assertion that helplessness is an essentially untestable concept in nonverbal...
Replies to comments by R. A. Seigel (1978) on J. L. Bernard's article on the meaning of the case of which dealt with the issue of dangerous patients. It is argued that psychologists should attend to the problem of defining the terms dangerous and treatment.
Many think the demand for high-quality evaluation personnel has reached the point where universities should consider the development of program evaluation curricula. Although much of this article focuses on the training of evaluators for the mental health service delivery system, the suggestions...
Recounts the development of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA). Emphases include the evolution of the annual meetings, problems associated with rapid growth following World War II, relations with the American Psychological Association, and the excursions of the MPA into social and...
Comments on K. D. O'Leary and T. Borkovec's discussion of conceptual, methodological, and ethical problems with placebo groups in psychotherapy research, focusing on alternatives to placebo groups and differences between psychotherapy and analog research.
Presents a theory that organizes mental abilities into four levels––composite tasks, subtasks, information-processing components, and information-processing metacomponents. Composite tasks can be decomposed into subtasks, and subtasks into components. Metacomponents control the use of...
Comments on the plight of those seeking admittance to doctoral training programs in clinical psychology, as described by L. V. Annis et al (1978), from the perspective of one who recently completed the application process without success.
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