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Exploring psychology's low epistemological profile in psychology textbooks: are stress and stress disorders made within disciplinary boundaries?

Smyth, M. M. (2004) Exploring psychology's low epistemological profile in psychology textbooks: are stress and stress disorders made within disciplinary boundaries? Theory and Psychology, 14. pp. 527-553. ISSN 1461-7447

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Abstract

Unlike biology textbooks, psychology textbooks do not present autonomous facts of psychology but introduce students to the need for evidence in accounts of psychological knowledge. This paper concerns the range of ways in which textbooks deal with areas where there is knowledge in many sites in addition to academic psychology, using four examples from stress and health. Type A behaviour pattern is presented in detail in textbooks but not as established psychology; coping and health in students are dealt with by a change of genre which allows the readers’ concerns and knowledge to be placed outside science; stress is given origins in the psychological laboratory with other origins diminished, and then treated as an established entity; only post-traumatic stress disorder is taken for granted and not questioned, that is, it is given entity status without origins being provided and has no history of making within the textbooks themselves.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Theory and Psychology
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: boundary • fact statements • Latour • post-traumatic stress disorder • textbooks
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code: 3624
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2008 16:16
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:55
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3624

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