ERIC Number: ED282160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Practical Peace Efforts for a Psychologist: A Blueprint to Action.
McConnell, Stephen C.; Duncan, Barry L.
Recent evidence suggests that the 1982 American Psychological Association nuclear freeze resolution is reflective of a consensus among psychologists. The evidence also suggests that while the expressed attitudes of psychologists are supportive of the freeze, the attending demonstrative behaviors are not present. To facilitate overcoming this behavioral impasse and to emphasize that one psychologist can make a difference, a blueprint to action was developed at the individual, family, local, community, national, and international levels and in the areas of education, research, practice, and organizations. A broad array of options is presented ranging widely in time commitment and level of influence. Options are available at several levels: (1) individual (reflection, prayer, and voting); (2) family (nonviolence, conversation, and books); (3) local community (civic participation, school interest, and establishment of nuclear free zone); (4) national (letter writing and peace initiatives); (5) international (cultural exchange and letter writing); (6) education (support local peace center, teach conflict resolution, and encourage students to write visions of peace papers); (7) research (role of mutual ignorance, mental health aspects of war, and conflict resolution); (8) practice (deal with clients' fears); and (9) organizations (join groups such as Psychologists for Social Responsibility). (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (94th, Washington, DC, August 22-26).