oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Towards a Malawian psychology

Volume 1, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



This is a Malawian foundational perspective of an envisaged 'Psychology for Development'. The outlook for development in the different sectors of the Malawian society is daunting indeed due to its numerous socio-economic problems. But against all odds, psychology is clearly prospering in Malawi by becoming increasingly more popular and conducting researches that present and explain the uniqueness of the Malawian on which fruitful developmental decisions can be based. The findings of Psychology in Malawi contradict the universality of the theories of 'Western Psychology' the application of which has not yielded much positive results. This illuminates why psychology has had a rather low key, aloof, and perhaps academic persona in developing countries. This paper treats these peculiarities as evident in issues concerning Management and Health and Welfare sectors of the Malawian society. The social survey method was used in collecting information directly from subjects on their beliefs, feelings and behaviour.

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