PSYC 340: Introduction to Applied Social Psychology Report a Broken Link

Applied social psychology combines the science of social psychology with the practical application of solving problems in the real world. Applied social psychologists focus on social problems, such as violence, discrimination, stress, work satisfaction, the justice system, education, the environment, the health care industry, the welfare system, and the mass media.

Supplementary Readings

Unit 1


Background and Theories
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This article provides a description of attribution theory, an example of a study which illustrates the effects of attribution, a discussion of the problems associated with external attributions, and some suggestions concerning the effective use of attributions.
Belsky, J.

(1980). Child maltreatment: An ecological integration. American Psychologist, 35(4), 320-335.

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An outline of the ethical principles which psychologists are supposed to adhere to when conducting research is provided at this site.

A number of resources concerning group dynamics are provided at this site.

This is the home page of the Kurt Lewin Institute, and it provides information about Kurt Lewin and ongoing research at the institute.
This online book discusses common issues that people should be aware of when conducting research.
This site discusses persuasion, social cognition, social and personal identities, stereotyping, and prejudice.
This site discusses person perception, self defense, prejudice, social expectation, conformity, sociobiology, social learning, social economics, and persuasion.
This is a social psychology database that provides links to more than 5000 online articles and resources.

Unit 2


Research Techniques in Applied Social Psychology
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NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE FROM OCTOBER 2-6, 2008 Correlational Research Designs
An overview of various aspects of evaluation research can be found at this site including information about planning an evaluation cycle, developing an evaluation culture, types of evaluation, evaluation strategies, and evaluation questions and methods.
"This page is intended to help you learn more about meta-analysis by providing you with an overview; links to relevant documents and resources; and free, high-quality software."
Various approaches to quasi-experimental designs are explored in this site including non-equivalent group design and regression-discontinuity design. As well, topics such as internal validity and advances in quasi-experimental design are discussed.

Site provides an overview of quasi-experiments and internal validity. Some of the issues that are discussed are the effective use of control groups, reactivity and internal validity, double blind procedures, and manipulation checks.

This article discusses the objectives for using questionnaires. It also suggests how to write a questionnaire and discusses the possible problems that may be encountered.

"The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods. It covers the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and non-probability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and, writing the research paper. It also addresses the major theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research including: the idea of validity in research; reliability of measures; and ethics."
This site provides an overview of some of the different aspects of survey and questionnaire design. A discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using various types of surveys and questions is included.

Unit 3


Youth and Educational Settings
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This article provides a nice summary of Chandler and Lalonde's article, "Cultural Continuity as a Hedge Against Suicide in Canada's First Nations.".
Donnerstein, E., Slaby, R. G., & Eron, L. D.

(1994). The mass media and aggression. In L. D. Eron, J. H. Gentry, & P. Schegel (Eds.), Reason to hope: A psychosocial perspective on violence and youth (pp. 219-250). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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"This guide presents a brief summary of the research on violence prevention and intervention and crisis response in schools."
Gartrell, W. J., Jarvis, K. G., & Derksen, L.

(1993). Suicidality among adolescent Alberta Indians. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 24(4), 366-373.

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Elliot Aronson has created this website to provide information about the jigsaw classroom. An overview of the history of the jigsaw classroom and links to related websites are included.
Mathews, F.

(1998). Violent and aggressive girls. Journal of Child and Youth Care, 11(4), 1-23.

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Moretti, M. M., Emmrys, C., Grizenko, N., Holland, R., Moore, K., Shamsie, J., & Hamilton, H.

(1997). The treatment of conduct disorder: Perspectives from across Canada. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 42(6), 637-648.

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This website provides information about multisystemic therapy which is a form of therapy intended to prevent violence in serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders.
This resource guide provides a list of online resources that are related to youth violence prevention.
Offord, R. D., & Boyle, H. M.

(1988). The epidemiology of antisocial behavior in early adolescents, aged 12 to 14. In M. D. Levin, & E. R. McAnarney (Eds.), Early Adolescent Transitions (pp. 245-259). Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

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Pepler, D. J., & Slaby, R. G.

(1994). Theoretical and developmental perspectives on youth and violence. In L. D. Eron, J. H. Gentry, & P. Schegel (Eds.), Reason to hope: A psychosocial perspective on violence and youth (pp. 27-58). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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This article's discussion of school desegregation includes topics such as academic performance, within school integration, and racial diversity.

This article discusses how "efforts to lower [the] rate of aboriginal youth suicides [are] misguided." The information presented is based on Chandler and Lalonde's article, "Cultural Continuity as a Hedge Against Suicide in Canada's First Nations.".

Unit 4


Job Satisfaction and Industrial-Organizational Psychology
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This article describes what depression is, how it affects work, how unsatisfactory work conditions cause depression, and what can be done to correct the problem.

This article discusses how organizations can increase job satisfaction by recognizing the following factors: opportunity, stress, leadership, work standards, fair rewards, and adequate authority.
Site provides a number of articles about stress in the work force.

This article provides some information about job analysis and its current role in today's working world.

Unit 5


Substance Abuse
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This comprehensive website provides information about various substance addictions, populations, treatment, prevention, social issues, organizations, statistics, the war on drugs and more.
This excellent set of demonstrations show how drugs work in the body and in the brain. There is an animation showing how brain cells communicate, and there are demonstrations depicting the effects of alcohol, cocaine, and opiates in the brain.
Site provides information about drugs in relation to seniors, fetal alcohol syndrome, youth, injection drug use, cannabis, and aboriginal people.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is a "non-profit organization to minimize the harm associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs".
A number of links are provided to web sites concerned with drug policy.
Marlatt, G. A.

(1996). Harm reduction: Come as you are. Addictive Behaviours, 21(6), 779-788.

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Site advocates that drug policies in the United States should be reformed.
This online book provides information about substance abuse disorders in adolescents and about various treatment issues and options.
This article presents a number of developmental and psychosocial risk factors for youth drinking and substance use as well as some of the possible consequences.

Unit 6


Psychology and the Law
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This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages to reducing jury size. Empirical research is cited throughout the article.

Melton, G. B.

(1987). Bringing psychology to the legal system. American Psychologist, 43, 465-472.

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Ogloff, J. R. P., & Vidmar, N.

(1994). The impact of pretrial publicity on jurors: A study to compare the relative effects of television and print media in a child sex abuse case. Law and Human Behaviour, 18, 219-240.

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Unit 7


Family Violence
These supplementary materials are presented for your interest, should you wish to follow up on the information presented in this unit. However, you are not required to pursue additional sources of information for this unit.
Article provides a critique of five concepts associated with battered woman syndrome.
Perrott, S. B., Miller, Y. M., & Delaney, M. E.

(1997). Attitudes towards the mandatory arrest response to domestic battering: Gender and institutional differences from a traditional and a women's university. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 2(1), 35-49.

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This website lists the personality traits of abusers and partner's of abusers who are involved in intimate partner violence.

Article discusses how traumatic experiences such as domestic violence that result in post-traumatic stress disorder can affect a person's relationships with others.
This article provides 12 personality traits that might act as warning signs of the abusive personality.
This article provides a description of Battered Woman's Syndrome, its use in courts, and the effects that domestic violence has on children.

Unit 8


Diversity Issues: Gender and Ethnicity
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This article disputes 10 myths that exist about affirmative action.
Burke, R. J.

(1996). Why aren't more women on corporate boards? Views of women directors. Psychological Reports, 79(3), 840-842.

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This article answers some frequently asked questions about hate crimes such as how often do they occur, who performs them, what emotional damage do they cause, and why do they occur?

To locate this article in the database, you must authenticate and then peform the search for the article yourself. You can do so by placing the title of the article, "Determinants of Canadian attitudes toward immigration: More than just racism?," in the box labelled "Title." If you then press the search button, you should be taken to the entry for the article.

Site provides links to a number of websites concerning sexism and violence toward women.
This article discusses how "psychologists' research offers new insights on the emotions that lead to hate crimes and how to prevent them.".

Unit 9


The Effects of Media
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Article presents a list of facts about the effects of media violence, video game and cyberspace violence, and music violence.

This article provides a number of facts about how the "media reinforces some gender stereotypes [and] breaks others.”

Article discusses how the display of sexuality in the media may affect the people who watch it. The article also suggests which questions should be asked when viewing the media critically.

Article discusses how children are affected by the violence they watch on television.

Unit 10


The Effects of Advertisements
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This site, which is maintained by the University of Texas, provides links to many advertising related web sites.
Duck, J. M., Terry, D. J., & Hogg, M. A.

(1995). The perceived influence of AIDS advertising: Third-person effects in the context of positive media content. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 17(3), 305-325.

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This site provides examples of advertisements which use gender stereotypes to advertise their products.

This tutorial provides a summary of the various theories that exist to explain how people can be persuaded and influenced.

"This is the text to Taking ADvantage, a book on the physical and cultural evolution of human beings, how that evolution has affected human subconscious processing of stimuli, and how advertising takes advantage (thus the title) of that processing by creating stimuli.".

Unit 11


Policy and Social Activism
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Site describes community psychology which is an area where "researchers systematically examine the ways individuals interact with other individuals, social groups, clubs, churches, schools, families, neighborhoods, and the larger culture and environment."