Professional Human Services Occupation Biases Represented in General Psychology Textbooks
Journal of Instructional Psychology
We examined the coverage given by General Psychology textbooks, representing 8 major commercial publishers, regarding the professions of psychology, counseling, marriage & family therapy, and social workers. Of the 24 textbooks assessed, we found substantial bias favoring the coverage of psychology. While 25% of the texts mentioned social workers, there was relatively little attention given to professional counselors or marriage & family therapists. A case is made for more parity to be shown for a larger cross-section of professions in these texts-since General Psychology courses tend to hold some measure of gate-keeping exposure for the human service professions.
Human services, psychology
Firmin, M., Johnson, E., Wikler, J. (2009). Professional human services occupation biases represented in General Psychology textbooks. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 36, 194-202.