Psychology and Developing Societies

Psychology needs to shift from an individual model to a holistic, contextual and cultural model to contribute meaningfully to the United Nations’ agenda for sustainable development 2030

The new UN development agenda for 2030 has health, including mental health (MH) and well-being (WB), as an important goal for sustainable development (SD). Psychology as a discipline can contribute to this agenda because it is at the crossroads, the intersection between the individual and the environment, and can guide the building of economic/social/cultural environments that sustain MH and WB along with physical health (PH). Psychology is also at the crossroads as a discipline. The current dominant scientific and increasingly biologically based paradigm of psychology deals only with the material aspects of existence and may not be adequate to the task of building a sustainable environment. It emphasizes the biological aspects of individual psychological functioning and leaves out the connection with and impact of the social environment on MH and WB.

PDSA new paradigm in psychology is called for, one that is based on a holistic model drawn from non-Western cultures that includes all the levels of functioning from the biological to the spiritual, and that addresses the individual’s relationship with the social and natural environment within which the individual has to function. It could integrate the scientific biological approach with indigenous theories of connection with nature and with community. This would change the paradigm to one that is more relevant to building a sustainable society that nurtures the health and WB of its members. Mainstream psychology can maintain the status quo and the dominance of scientific psychology, or shift to a paradigm with a holistic understanding of human functioning. This has implications for SD, including social policy and programme development and implementation. This article from ‘Psychology and Developing Societies’ will develop this argument within the framework of the new UN 2030 SD agenda, which is dependent on the creation of a social, cultural and economic environment that fosters ‘healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages’ (goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda).

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The author argues that if psychologists are to contribute meaningfully to the United Nations’ agenda for sustainable development (SD) 2030, they will need to shift from a model that is biologically based individual model to a holistic, contextual and cultural model. Global media and consumer culture have created unhealthy, social and cultural environments, which are seen as having an adverse effect on psychological health. The article focuses on the culture change coming about due to advancement of technology, changes in values of society and acculturation as the reasons for decrement in mental health (MH) and well-being (WB). Integration of mainstream psychology with indigenous psychology can guide building of environments that sustain physical health and MH as well as societal sustainability.

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Psychological Reports: Call for Editor

Current Issue CoverSAGE Publishing is accepting applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Psychological Reports for a 3-year-term through May 6, 2016. An editorial stipend is provided.

Psychological Reports is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal that publishes original and creative contributions across all subfields of psychology. The 2014 Impact Factor is 0.560 and it is ranked 94/129 in Multidisciplinary Psychology in Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports. The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Major responsibilities for this role include:

  • Collaborating with the Publisher and current co-editor to make Psychological Reports a highly effective and impactful resource for psychology research through a strategic review and development of the journal’s policies and processes.
  • Seeking and soliciting high-quality manuscripts which represent the scope of the Journal.
  • Using the manuscript-tracking software provided by the Publisher to arrange for and supervise timely peer review and evaluation of submitted manuscripts for content and merit in accordance with editorial policy and standards of the Journal.

Recent articles published in Psychological Reports include “Chinese Employees’ Psychological Responses to Abusive Supervisors: The Role of Gender and Self-Esteem” and “Understanding the Mediating Role of Quality of Work Life on the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors.”

Interested in learning more about this position? Find the complete Call for Editor here. The deadline to apply is May 6, 2016.

The New Psychology of Leadership

imagesReady for a ground-breaking leadership read to start off your new year? Don’t miss Administrative Science Quarterly’s review of “The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power” by Alexander S. Haslam, Stephen D. Reicher, and Michael J. Platow. The book review, written by Caroline A. Bartel of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, was published in the September 2011 issue:

Would the field of organization studies benefit from another theory of leadership? This question will likely provoke some skepticism. Such a response is understandable. Leadership has been one of the most widely researched asqtopics across many disciplines. Sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, historians, and organizational scholars, to name just a few, have offered important insights about who is fit to lead, under what circumstances, and what makes leaders more or less effective. In organization studies, myriad perspectives exist that differ in what constitutes the driving force for effective leadership, for example, whether it’s personality traits, situational opportunities and constraints, or person-situation fit. With many decades of research under our scholarly belts, we know a lot about leaders and leading, yet, with The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power, Haslam, Reicher, and Platow convincingly argue indexthat there is fertile new ground to plow in the area of leadership.

Click here for free access to two years’ worth of book reviews from Administrative Science Quarterly. Happy New Year, everyone!

Submit your research to The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

New Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavioral ScienceWilliam A. Pasmore, invites authors to submit manuscripts to be published in the upcoming issue. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science is the leading international journal on the effects of evolutionary and planned change. Founded and sponsored by the NTL Institute, the Journal is continually breaking ground in its exploration of group dynamics, organization development, and social change. As JABS has global acclaim, your publication in this journal will benefit you in a variety of ways:

  • Rigorous peer review of your research
  • Prompt publishing
  • Immediate, worldwide, barrier-free, access to the full-text of your articles
  • High visibility for maximum exposure for your research globally to a multidisciplinary audience

The prompts for submission are open-ended, and include topics such as:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Organization Development
  • Research Methods
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Health Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Psychology
  • Gender
  • Sociology
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Experiential Methods

Also, you will be supported by a world class editorial board which includes Editor, William A. Pasmore of Columbia University, Managing Editor, Mary Pasmore, and Associate Editors: Jean M. Bartunek of Boston College, W. Warner Burke of Columbia University, Karen J. Jansen of the University of Virginia, Michael R. Manning of New Mexico State University, Jean Neuman of The Tavistock Institute, and Ramkrishnan Tenkasi of Benedictine University.

Click here to view the full call for papers.  

 Click here to view the entire JABS Editorial Board.

You may view the Manuscript Submission Guidelines, and submit your article through SAGETrack.

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