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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 670. Comments on Lee Sechrest's review (see record 2006-06402-013) of Don Bannister's edited book, New Perspectives in Personal Construct Theory (1977). Although Sechrest made several insightful and informative comments about this volume and Kelly's theory, he placed his review within a misleading context. He notes that “there is not a major training program known as a hot bed of personal construct theory [and] only a trickle of research having any grounding in Kelly's work,” except perhaps in England. Much information is missing from his commentary. To begin the list of omissions, it is important to be cognizant of the fact that the Third International Congress on Personal Construct Theory is scheduled for mid-July in the Netherlands. At present, there are clinical, counseling, and personality programs. Recently edited volumes already in print contain both data-based articles and theoretical articles directly related to personal constructs. As anyone who examines the literature can plainly see, personal construct theory has stimulated a good deal of research and attracted many adherents, contrary to Sechrest's claims. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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