Issues on Topics in the Psychology and Social Work Research ForumIn this issue of the American Psychological Association Journal, we will review topics from APA Q-issues on topics such as trauma recovery, schizophrenia, depression, work-related stress, and posttraumatic stress disorder. We will also review key issues on safety at work, technological advances in safety, or technology transfer in which psychology and social work are engaged. The topics that I will be discussing include: suicide, workplace safety and fitness, survivor's guilt, child maltreatment, sexual and physical abuse, corporate safety, and auto safety, drug safety, and work-related injuries. We will conclude with the conclusion of this issue of the American Psychological Association Journal by reviewing our main areas of concern and by discussing potential directions for future research.
Many of the themes that emerge from APA literature are consistent with the broad concerns that psychology and social work address and are consistent with the types of issues that these fields are most interested in pursuing. This article is meant to highlight some of the major themes in this area of research. It is not meant to be a complete description of these topics, but rather is intended to highlight some of the important research and scholarly issues at the intersection of psychology and social work.
Several topics that were addressed in this issue of the American Psychological Association Journal include: trauma, mental health, the intersection of violence and abuse, and depression. Two topics that are of particular interest to the profession are survivor's guilt and posttraumatic stress disorder. Survivor's guilt is a topic that I discuss here because it is a theme that runs through several other APA journals. Survivor's guilt, as it is defined in this article, is the feeling of guilt that a victim of abuse experiences when confronted about what he or she has done. It is a feeling that is common in many victims of abuse and it is distressing and can lead to a variety of psychological problems for victims.
On the other hand, posttraumatic stress disorder is a topic that is of special interest to this profession because it is often directly linked to the environment in which victims of traumatic events occur. A variety of factors are thought to cause posttraumatic stress disorder. These include traumatic experiences in childhood, exposure to extreme risk and danger, the presence of biological conditions such as genetics, and being subjected to traumatic experiences such as sexual or physical abuse. It is likely that a combination of many different factors may contribute to the development of posttraumatic stress disorder. Thus, it is not unusual for one or more of these factors to exist.
Depression is a serious condition that can be caused by a variety of causes, including genetic factors, chemical imbalances, and life-events. It is a serious condition that can cause serious emotional and physiological distress. It can also lead to a wide range of clinical manifestations including eating disorders, substance abuse, alcohol and drug dependency, and suicidal ideation and attempts.
A number of topics that were addressed in this issue of the American Psychological Association Journal include: technology transfer, safety at work, and work-related stress. Both of these topics are particularly relevant to psychology and social work. Technology transfer is something that many psychologists and social workers are interested in because it raises an important ethical question: how should psychologists use technology for the benefit of patients? As technology transfer continues to grow, we need to develop better ways to make this process work for us.
Safety at work is an issue that has been discussed within the field of psychology for many years. Indeed, safety at work has been a focus of this field since the 1980s. Safety at work can also lead to a range of clinical manifestations, including workplace violence, PTSD, substance abuse, and depression. Work-related stress and depression are of particular concern in this context.
Overall, the topics that I reviewed in this article are important. We have just scratched the surface. There are many other topics that I could have discussed in this issue of the American Psychological Association Journal. Indeed, it is my hope that this brief overview has given you a good starting point for your own research and is opening up a window into a rich and varied topic that needs to be explored.