ERIC Number: ED105057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Human Services: Innovative Roles for Psychologists.
Albee, George W.
The focus of this presentation is on innovative human services which psychologists of the future may provide and which hopefully will improve the quality of life. Several suggestions are made regarding some relevant characteristics of quality of life. Economic affluence and level of consumption are not considered in this regard. Felt quality of life is considered predictable from a multiple correlation whose predictor variables include: (1) an emotionally stable and socially nurturant infancy and early childhood; (2) an interesting and challenging way of contributing to one's livelihood in the world of work; (3) reasonable security from random or capricious blows of fate and from irrational handicaps and hurdles based on racial, sexual and other prejudices; (4) pleasant and nurturant physical and social surroundings; (5) a sense of identity; (6) self-respect; and, (7) a feeling that one has reasonable control of one's life direction. It is noted that although traditionally psychologists have focused attention on individual behavior, there has been in recent years an enormous increase in the number of service-providers in psychology. The professionals are expected to become more numerous in the future; the scientists are regarded as destined to decrease both in numbers and resources. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (New York City, January 1975)