A nonreactive observational study in full-service restaurants showed group size to be positively correlated with length of stay. Among the serendipitous findings were the role of reading in lengthening duration and the paucity of lone diners in full-service restaurants.
Surprisingly little is known about the way people use space. Social scientists in the field of human ecology have been concerned primarily with the distribution of such things as social classes, economic institutions, and mental illness. An almost unexplored area is microecology or the way that people in pairs or small groups arrange themselves. In the… (More)
The family consumer movement arose as a response to deinstitutionalization and the removal of stigma from parents of mental health clients. In many states the families are a dynamic force in mental health policymaking. If mental health professionals are to collaborate in support and advocacy programs, they should be aware of the origins and goals of the… (More)
First-person narratives contain an inside view of mental disorder that can be useful in teaching, theory, and research. To bring earlier bibliographies up to date, the authors list eight anthologies and 63 autobiographies of hospitalized mental patients published since 1960.
Although journals remain the major means of disseminating research knowledge within psychology, other types of outlets are needed to reach policymakers and the public. A model of dual dissemination is proposed in which psychologists continue to write articles for research journals and write different, complementary articles for popular outlets.
Newspaper editorials have a mixed reputation in the public affairs community. While many previous studies have examined final editorial products as published, few have studied their actual production, and there is little research regarding the people and interests who attempt to influence editorial writing. This article takes a qualitative look at the… (More)
Ellenberger in 1960 described the parallel histories of the zoological garden and the mental hospital. To determine how impressions of the 2 institutions have evolved in the intervening years, students in an abnormal psychology class rated several mental hospital and zoo terms. The zoo was rated more positively than the mental hospital, but not as favorably… (More)