Psychology, Social Psychology

The state of the NHS: a social psychological view

As we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, Stephanie Taylor has been watching TV programmes about health. She considers some of the issues confronting the health service and the health of the UK more generally. Are we taking enough care of ourselves? Could we manage without a national health service? Is the NHS a support… Continue reading The state of the NHS: a social psychological view

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Psychology, Social Psychology

Feeling safe at home in a place where you belong?

In a new blog for the Level 3 module DD317 Advancing social psychology, Stephanie Taylor discusses social research about place and belonging. She considers the connections we draw between feeling at home and feeling safe. She suggests that these contribute to the continuing strong emotions around the Grenfell tower tragedy. You can read the blog… Continue reading Feeling safe at home in a place where you belong?

Psychology, Social Psychology

OU education as a social project

Stephanie Taylor has blogged over on the DD317 Advancing social psychology blog about the ways in which Open University education can be regarded as a vital social project. In these times of uncertainty for the Open University this seems like an even more important topic than ever. Psychologists have always been closely engaged with the study… Continue reading OU education as a social project

Counselling, Psychology, Social Psychology

Developing psychosocially informed self-help on gender

Meg-John Barker writes... In a previous blog for OU CCIG I outlined my whole project of creating psychosocially informed self-help, and the various methods involved: reviewing existing theory and research; analysing existing self-help; conducting collaborative research with gender-, sexual-, and relationship-diverse (GSRD) communities; autoethnographic reflection; and creative dissemination. This time I want to reflect on one particular… Continue reading Developing psychosocially informed self-help on gender