oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - A profile of academics, non-academics and graduate students in South African psychology

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



Academic psychology in South Africa appears nearly 100 years old. It therefore seems strange as well as dis concerning that this important basis of psychology has been exposed to relatively little research. The present article flows from a larger study in which it was endeavoured to supplement such research. More specifically it focuses on the profile of academic psychologists, non-academic psychologists and Master's degree students. More than I 000 questionnaires were sent out and 424 (40,8 percent) were returned. The most important findings were that there is an alarming shortage of African language psychologists, male students, young academics, more mature (older) students and non-academics with Ph.D.'s. It also seems that the clinical category dominates the profession, while research psychology is disturbingly underrepresented. The relatively poor membership of the Psychological Society South Africa is another cause for concern. The implications of the findings are discussed and recommendations' are made.

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