Canadian Psychology

This journal covers general mental health issues through news, research and practitioners.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, July

Amazing New Discovery: Piaget Was Wrong!
AbstractThere is a great deal of validity in the position outlined by Macnamara and Austin; however, their ideas are part of an historical tradition. For the past 60 years, there have been a number of individuals who have noted major inconsistencies...
Confidentiality: Ethical and Legal Aspects for Canadian Psychologists
AbstractThis paper focusses on the ethical and legal aspects of confidentiality for Canadian psychologists, with particular emphasis on clinical psychology. The concepts of confidentiality, privileged communication, and privacy are clarified. The law...
Developmental Roots: How Developmental Psychology Can Inform Psychology
AbstractAll of the papers in this series were originally presented as part of a symposium entitled, "Developmental Roots: How Developmental Psychology Can Inform Psychology", which was sponsored by the Developmental Section of the Canadian Psychological...
Developmental Roots: How Developmental Psychology Can Inform Psychology: Discussion
The preceding papers serve as a testimony to the strength of developmental psychology in providing insight into the workings of human psychology. We have seen a range of influences, from methodological to theoretical, all having an important impact on...
Early Attachment: A Passing Fancy or a Long Term Affair?
AbstractFour contributions of attachment theory and research are discussed: 1) the construct of parent/child bonds as an enduring rather than short - term phenomenon; 2) a validated measure of that construct in infancy; 3) an organizational approach...
Etude Des Composantes Depressives Chez Des Adolescents a Tendances Suicidaires
ResumeLa presente recherche a ete realisee en milieu scolaire aupres de 803 adolescents inscrits dans un programme d'enseignement regulier. Cette etude vise a decrire quelles sont les principales composantes depressives chez les jeunes presentant des...
Informed Consent: Legal Issues and Applications to Clinical Practice
AbstractThe professional literature on informed consent has been critically reviewed and its implications for clinical psychology practice are discussed. The legal and ethical rights of patients and obligations of psychologists are detailed. Specific...
Legal and Ethical Issues concerning Children's Rights of Consent
AbstractThis paper examines children's rights under the Charter, the law of consent, and the ethics associated with the consent to treatment issue. Consistent with the Charter, the common law recognizes the right of competent minors to consent on their...
Physics and Plasticine
AbstractWe argue that children's failure on one of Jean Piaget's best known tasks, conservation of solid quantity, reflects ignorance of physical properties rather than inadequate reasoning ability. Basing himself on the result of this and similar tests,...
Piaget and Plasticine: Who's Right about Conservation?
AbstractMacnamara and Austin argue that Piaget seriously misinterpreted the significance of children's documented difficulties in correctly responding to tasks involving conservation of quantity. In this paper, I have tried to show that they have made...
Response to Critics (Conservation Studies)
In the cause of clarity we first list a number of our positions that the two critics either accept or at least do not speak against (taking their silence for consent). Throughout, unless we indicate otherwise, we will confine our remarks to the principles...
The Development of Representations: The Origins of Mental Life
AbstractDevelopmental psychology, like anthropological psychology, has allowed us to see that others, including the young, must be described not merely as failed attempts to achieve modern adult norms but as peoples in their own right. Secondly, it has...
What Can Be Learned about Attention from Studying Its Development?
AbstractThis paper stresses the importance of developmental research in evaluating theories of visual attention. Although researchers have long used theories developed with the help of college - age subjects to better understand children, there has been...
What Studies of Communication with Infants Ask Us about Psychology: Baby-Talk and Other Speech Registers
AbstractThis article begins with a brief review of research concerning the possible functional roles of the prosodic aspects of infant - directed speech ("baby - talk"), showing that this style of speaking could have both attentional and affective functions...