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September 27, 2005

Reveals Diversity And Impact Of Stalking

Filed under: Social Psychology,Western Europe — Admin @ 12:10 pm

Study supported by the Network for Surviving Stalking (NSS)

Details of media resources and interview arrangements below

The world’s most comprehensive stalking survey carried out by Dr Lorraine Sheridan of the University of Leicester reveals the devastating impact of stalking in the UK and USA. Unfortunately, victims are not the sole casualties.

Results unveiled today (Friday September 23) reveal that virtually all victims of stalking suffer severe emotional and physical effects, and that financial losses have ranged between £20 to £4 million.

And the study carried out in the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology reveals that anyone – not just celebrities – can become the victim of a stalker.

Dr Sheridan said: “The work carried out at the University of Leicester over the last seven years has told us that normal people, not celebrities, are the vast majority of stalking victims.”

“We also know that anyone can become the victim of a stalker, and that individual stalkers will have very different motives.”

“This study has examined for the first time the far-reaching effects that stalking has, not only on its victims, but also on numerous third parties. Stalking is a major issue that touches millions of lives but people have so many misconceptions about it.”

The study found:

* The youngest victim of stalking in the survey was aged 10 – the oldest aged 71

* Half of all victims were told by friends and family that they were ’over reacting’ or ’being paranoid’

* Abuse of pets is one of many methods employed by stalkers

* The average number of people directly affected in a stalking case was 21. Such persons included: the victim’s children, the victim’s partner’s parents, strangers, the victim’s neighbours, and the victim’s work contacts

University of Leicester

Two Nationally-Respected Professors to Give Talk on Men’s Help Seeking

Filed under: Education,North America — Admin @ 12:08 pm

Michael Addis, associate professor and chair of the psychology department at Clark University, and James Mahalik, associate professor of psychology at Boston College, will give a talk titled “Men’s Well Being” on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Room 519 of the Hogan Campus Center at the College of the Holy Cross. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The talk will focus on men’s normal health behaviors and underutilization of medical services, particularly psychological therapies.

Mahalik has studied gender socialization and social influence variables as they affect psychological and physical well-being, including health behaviors. Addis is interested in theory and research related to men’s mental health and responses to problems in living, including help-seeking behavior, substance abuse, and variations in the ways mental health problems are perceived and characterized. In 2003, the nationally-respected professors published an article titled “Men, masculinity, and the contexts of help-seeking” in American Psychologist.

The event is sponsored by women’s and gender studies, sociology and anthropology, psychology and the Counseling Center at Holy Cross.


The American Psychology Association recently granted Central Michigan University’s clinical psychology program a seven-year accreditation, the longest accreditation period available.

“Seven years clearly indicates they’re not worried about us,” said George Ronan, who was the director of the graduate program during the accreditation process and also is a psychology faculty member at CMU.

Three members of the American Psychology Association came to CMU for three days in April to review the program. Representatives from the University of South Dakota, Duquesne University and Texas Tech University met with faculty and toured the campus facilities before granting accreditation.

To achieve accreditation the clinical program must meet national standards for training. Every aspect of the program is reviewed, including the quality of the faculty, the quality of the instruction, placements of the students in their residencies and what the students do after graduation.

The APA began the accreditation process at CMU in 1989 and granted the program full accreditation in 1996. To maintain accreditation the director of the clinical psychology program must send a report about CMU’s program to the APA every year.

“It’s the program’s responsibility to demonstrate excellence,” Ronan said.

The clinical program measures its success by monitoring the performance of graduates. This past year, the department surveyed 100 graduates to gather the information.

Most of the clinical psychology faculty members have a research clinic housed in the Psychological Training and Consultation Center, which is located in the Carl’s Center for Clinical Care and Education in CMU’s Health Professions Building.

Applicants to the clinical psychology program must name one of the faculty members with whom they wish to work. Only six to eight students are accepted into the program every year, making entry into the program competitive.

For information on admission to the program, contact the chairperson of the Clinical Admissions Committee by visiting or call the psychology department at (989) 774-6463.

September 5, 2005

Men have higher IQ than women: study:

Filed under: Cognition and Perception,Western Europe — Admin @ 6:08 pm

London: Men’s IQ is on average five points higher than women’s, according to a new study conducted at Manchester University in Britain.

The study that is likely to stir a hornet’s nest is to be published in November by the British Journal of Psychology.

The British Psychological Society, which publishes the journal, would not release details, but study leader Paul Irwing, a senior lecturer at the university, told the Times Higher Educational Supplement he had found evidence to back up his conclusion.

Irwing did his work in cooperation with Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of Psychology at the University of Ulster, who has previously published controversial work on the theme.

“My politics are rather different from Richard’s and from my point of view, I would prefer it if we were wrong,” Irwing said.

But he added he felt compelled to place “scientific truth” above personal political conflicts, and potentially even his academic reputation.

The paper, to be published Nov 4, is certain to re-ignite controversy in academic circles.

In the past, Lynn has said that men have higher IQ than women, whites higher than blacks and Eastern Asians higher than Europeans.

Extrapolated across the population, the results indicated that there are three men for every woman with an IQ above 130, and 5.5 men for every woman with an IQ above 145.

“These different proportions of men and women with high IQ scores are clearly worth speaking of and may go some way to explaining the greater numbers of men achieving distinctions of various kinds for which a high IQ is required, such as chess grandmasters, Fields medallists for mathematics, Nobel prize winners and the like,” Irwing said.

The study offers some consolation to women: it says they tend to work harder.

Women with the same IQ as men achieve more “possibly because they are more conscientious and better adapted to sustained periods of hard work,” it says.

In 1999, Lynn concluded that men on average had an IQ three to four points higher than women.

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