Resources in the Field of Psychology

Professional Resources

An authoritative resource in psychology is the peer-reviewed journal Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing (IAAP). This journal is a credible source of information for scholars and professionals in the discipline of psychology because it is managed by the International Association of Applied Psychology (“Applied Psychology Health and Well Being”). This journal has two editors, Ralf Schwarzer and Yiqun Gan, who oversee the contents, and the articles published in it undergo a peer-review process. The IAAP journal is available through the organization’s or Wiley Library’s websites. Additionally, subscribers can order a hard copy of this journal if they wish.

The intended audience of IAAP is the professionals in the field of psychology who work directly with clients, for example, therapists or counselors. For instance, in the article published in this journal under the title “It’s Time to Think about Time in Health Psychology,” the author discusses the lack of conceptualization of time and temporal matters in the field and potential suggestions for future research in this area (Scholz 173). Hence, this publication helps scholars find the gaps and fields of the unknown in the current theory and provides suggestions for improving this. I selected this journal because I read articles from it and offers the most current texts in applied psychology, which are especially helpful for practitioners. These articles provide suggestions on how to help better clients and what new tools and approaches one can use in their work to enhance it, which is how I can use this professional resource in my future work. As a student, I can use this resource when writing papers.

The second authoritative resource is a peer-reviewed journal, “Prospectives of Psychological Science.” This is a credible source because it is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Association for Psychological Science (“Journal Description”). Additionally, this journal has an editor with a degree in psychology, Laura King, from the University of Missouri, which also contributes to the credibility of this source. The readers can access the journal through online libraries, through a subscription, or by purchasing individual articles. The purpose of this journal is to inform readers about the provocative topics in the field of psychology.

The audience of the Prospectives of Psychological Science is multidisciplinary, meaning that the articles will be helpful not only for the people directly linked to the field of psychology but to other professionals as well. For example, the most recent publication in this source is the article by Bond, titled “Towards Psychology of Consent,” where the author states that “consent has been mostly excluded from “mainstream” psychology as a core topic of study” (10). These are intriguing and provocative articles and reports that are thought-provoking for the readers. Hence, this resource will be helpful for me when studying and writing essays about controversial topics. As a professional in the future, I will benefit from using this source because it can help me understand the recent trends in psychology research and the opinions of different professionals on complex topics. Other multidisciplinary professionals will benefit from this source as well because it often publishes articles that contain meta-analyses of data or reports, which is helpful for individuals who do not want to read many publications but want to understand the scope of a problem. I chose this resource because the topics discussed in this journal are unusual and cannot be found in other professional publications.

Trade Resource

A trade resource for future and practicing psychologists is the website of the American Psychological Association (APA). I selected this resource because APA is the most authoritative organization in the field of psychology, both in the United States and globally. For example, the APA manual and citation style are used by scholars in different fields when preparing their academic papers and works (“About APA”). I selected this resource because APA also publishes articles and scholarly texts on its website, with the most recent publications recognized by this organization. Hence, this resource is helpful for professionals who want to review the approaches to work and techniques approved by their professional organization. As a student, I benefit from the APA’s website because I can read non-peer-reviewed articles to get an understanding of different topics and varied fields of research that are currently explored by professionals.

This resource represents the association; APA oversees it and reviews the publications made on the website. The intended audience of this resource is mainly professionals, scholars, and educators. However, an individual who does not have a degree in psychology can also benefit from browsing this website and its articles because there are publications that target a non-professional audience. I choose this resource because I use APA’s website a lot myself and because I consider it to be the most credible psychology-related resource that it is online. The main characteristic of this trade resource is that it does not contain only peer-reviewed articles when compared to a scholarly resource and instead has news and publications that were not reviewed by other scholars.

The third resource selected for this report is a popular source of information in the field of psychology, which is the PsychologyToday website. This is a popular resource that publishes self-help articles and reviews of the different psychological tools and techniques. I selected PsychologyToday for this report because even before I was a student, I read articles from this magazine, and my family members often read them and used advice from the texts in their lives. Hence, this is a popular resource that targets the audience of non-professionals who are interested in psychology. Unlike the trade resource or scholarly journals, Psychology Today does not publish original empirical studies and instead provides articles that summarize or review these findings in a less professional and more comprehensive manner, making it possible for the audience who is not working in the field of psychology to understand these studies and their results.

The articles are not peer-reviewed, although this online resource has an editor. The readers can see the contact details and credentials of each author under the articles, which adds to the credibility of this source. For example, the article “The Paradox of ADHD” is written by Davis, who has a Ph.D., where the author cites the statistics of the recent increase in ADHD diagnosis and discusses the varied approaches to treatment. Therefore, this resource is helpful for anyone interested in psychology or someone who wants to find tools and methods to help themselves deal with issues better, and the purpose of this magazine is to inform non-professionals on psychology. PshochologyToday is made available to readers through the website, or one can order a hard copy of the magazine online.

Works Cited

“About APA,” APA, Web.

“Applied Psychology Health and Well Being,” Wiley, Web.

Bohns, Vanessa K. “Toward a Psychology of Consent,” Perspectives on Psychological Science, pp. 10-20.

Davis, Joseph. “The Paradox of ADHD,” Psychology Today, 2022. Web.

Scholz, Urte. “It’s Time To Think About Time In Health Psychology.” Applied Psychology: Health And Well-Being, vol 11, no. 2, 2019, pp. 173-186.

“Journal Description,” SAGE, Web.

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