Psychology & Society
Psychology & Society


Previous Issues - May 2018


The current issue is a rolling issue of individual papers. As individual submissions are accepted for publication in 2018 they will be added to the current issue.



Promoting Positive Relationships and Sexual Health for Adults with Learning Disabilities within a Community Setting
AMY CRITOPH, EMMA IRONSIDE, CARLY JEFFERY & DAVID STOKES

Despite the growing evidence that healthy sexual and romantic relationships enhance the overall wellbeing of people with learning disabilities (PWLD), this has often been overlooked or discouraged. This, in part, can be attributed to the difficulties PWLD face in understanding the abstract concepts associated with sexuality and healthy relationships. Societal attitudes and thesocial construction of the term “learning disability” have also typically placed PWLD at a social disadvantage, thus restricting their opportunities for sexual experiences and learning. A group programme for PWLD was developed to promote positive relationships and sexual health within the community. The course ran over six weekly sessions and addressed different topics relating to sexual health, interpersonal relationships and societal expectations of behaviour. A secondary training workshop was also developed for staff members supporting those with a learning disability. Qualitative and quantitative feedback highlights an increased understanding of sexual relationships amongst participants. Reflections on the implications and limitations of this study are discussed.

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The Relationship Between Adult’s Personality and Baby Name Preferences
CAREY J. FITZGERALD & JODY A. THOMPSON

Baby naming has become a lucrative industry in which individuals can earn income by suggesting appropriate and/or popular baby names to new parents (cf., Wattenberg, 2013 for an example). However, scientific research on names, to date, has not examined whether parents’ personalities influence their preferences for more popular, unique, or traditional baby names. The present study investigated potential correlations between individuals’ personality traits (Five Factor Model and Dark Triad) and their preferences for popular, unique, and traditional baby names. Conscientiousness and Neuroticism were not correlated with baby name preferences. However, Extraversion and Agreeableness were positively correlated with uniqueness of baby names. Extraversion was also positively correlated with popularity of baby names. Openness was negatively correlated with popularity and positively correlated with traditionality. Narcissism was positively correlated with uniqueness baby names. Exploratory analyses also revealed some noteworthy results.

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