Psychological Literacy: What Is It and How Do We Measure It?

Machin, M. Anthony ORCID: and Machin, Tanya M. ORCID: (2019) Psychological Literacy: What Is It and How Do We Measure It? In: 126th Annual American Psychological Association Convention (APA 2018), 9-12 Aug, 2018, San Francisco, United States.


A number of authors have called for the central focus of psychology education (PsyEd) to be the development of psychological literacy (PsyLit). Hulme et al. (2015) describe a model in which PsyLit is relevant to all aspects of life, from an understanding of oneself through to being a global citizen (see Figure 1 in Hulme et al., 2015).

While PsyLit has attracted substantial scholarly attention, a review of the different ways that PsyLit is defined led Newstead (2015) to conclude that there is no agreed definition, a conclusion that is shared by Mair, Taylor and Hulme (2013). It is therefore timely to review
the different definitions of PsyLit and how these have been operationalised. That is, what is PsyLit and how is PsyLit actually measured?

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Keynote)
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Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (1 Aug 2018 - 31 Mar 2020)
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 04:13
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2020 00:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology education (PsyEd); psychological literacy (PsyLit)
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

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