Attitudes Toward Psychology Relative to Other Disciplines

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Abstract

In a rapidly changing health care marketplace, professional psychologists are increasingly concerned about the public's attitude toward psychology. In two samples, one of the general population and one of college faculty, both psychology and sociology were rated as having made less important contributions to society and as having less expertise than biology, chemistry, medicine, and physics. The implications of these findings are considered in relation to the recent American Psychological Association public education campaign and the field's century-long concern about the public perception of psychology.

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