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American Catholic Psychological Association: A Brief History and Analysis

Kugelmann, Robert (2000) American Catholic Psychological Association: A Brief History and Analysis. Catholic Social Science Review 5:pp. 233-249.

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Abstract

The American Catholic Psychological Association (ACPA) existed from 1948 until 1970, when it re-organized as Psychologists Interested in Religious Issues, a non-denominational interest group. The ACPA had two aims: (1) Assimilation or efforts to advance the professional development of Catholic psychologists and to promote psychology in Catholic higher education. (2) Integration or bringing Catholic teaching to bear on psychology. In the changing institutional contexts of the late 1960s, stagnant membership numbers and perceived realization of assimilation promoted re-organization. In the new structure, assimilation became professional autonomy in relation to the Church. Integration became promotion of the psychology of religion.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:American Catholic Psychological Association; William Bier; Psychology of Religion
Subjects:Chronology > 20th Century
History > Institutions
Psychology > Religion
ID Code:134
Deposited By:Kugelmann, Robert
Deposited On:26 March 2003