CUSP, Psychology, Social Psychology

What it means to be a stepmother

Stepmothers face many challenges, not least of which is their terrible reputation. Although stepfamilies are common – about 10% of UK families according to 2011 UK census – it is difficult to say exactly what a stepfamily is.  Do they include those families where the father’s children are not resident full-time as they live primarily… Continue reading What it means to be a stepmother

CUSP, Psychology, Social Psychology

When the walls come tumbling down? OU psychologists are exploring how to dismantle interface barriers between Protestant and Catholic communities in Belfast

In a recent article, Professor John Dixon of the School of Psychology and Counselling at the Open University, and collaborators, have addressed the issue of the removal of interface barriers in Northern Ireland. They have sought to evidence some of the social and psychological factors that may predict resistance to interface barrier removal and thus… Continue reading When the walls come tumbling down? OU psychologists are exploring how to dismantle interface barriers between Protestant and Catholic communities in Belfast

Psychology, Psychology in the world

A film about Sharenting: Are you sharing too much online?

For many parents, it’s natural to share images of their children on social media. But is this fair? Rose Capdevila,Catriona Havard and Lisa Lazard from the School contribute to a new BBC Ideas film that explores the ethics of "sharenting". You can watch the film here  https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/how-much-should-we-share-about-our-kids-online/p08bzl7t    

Psychology

An update on recent posts

This is the blog for the School of Psychology and Counselling at the Open University. Teaching and research continue in the School. Check out these recent posts on the blog: David Kaposi writes about re-assessing the Milgram experiments. We congratulate tutor David Morrison who has won a teaching award. Paul Stenner has co-authored an article… Continue reading An update on recent posts

Counselling, Events, Psychology

An online event for counsellors and psychotherapists

The annual research conference held by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) will this year be a free one-day online event live streamed on Saturday 16th May (9.30am – 4pm). The webcast event is titled ‘Keeping clients at the centre: inform your practice with the latest research’ and is available free of charge… Continue reading An online event for counsellors and psychotherapists