Stimulating Rita…and John, and Mary, and Jack

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 42–43. Reviews the book, Psychology and Social Issues: A Tutorial Text edited by Raymond Cochrane and Douglas Carroll (1991). The editors' aim is to provide students, and their tutors, with brief, easily digested pieces that present some insights from psychology on currently topical social issues. Each chapter is discursive and challenging rather than didactic and is intended to stimulate thought and discussion rather than teach facts. The 20 topics covered–each in about 10 pages–include child sex abuse, rape, bereavement, AIDS, racial prejudice, animal experimentation, television news reporting, eating disorders, and police services. Each chapter concludes with a few sources of further reading and several questions designed to initiate discussion. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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