Adrian C. Brock

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Psychology: Global Perspectives

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195366556
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology


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At the start of the 1950s, there were no psychological services in Ireland and no Irish university offered qualifications in psychology. This situation changed dramatically in the period from 1955 to 1974. The chapter seeks to explain why psychology did not come to Ireland until this time and why it eventually came to Ireland when it did. The appearance of psychology in Ireland coincides with the modernization of the country. The issue of whether psychology was late in coming to Ireland is also discussed. It is argued that, although psychology was late in coming to Ireland when compared to the small handful of countries that were its original pioneers, it was not late by international or even European standards.

Keywords: 1950s; psychology; Ireland; modernization; late

Article.  14138 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology

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