Letters

The article "Washington state eliminates postdoc requirement" (September gradPSYCH) should have noted that the state's new licensing law was enacted on June 10 but that revised regulations reflecting the new law won't officially take effect until the Washington State Examining Board of Psychology formulates them.



Disclosure on internship

WHEN ONE IS ENCOURAGED TO REVEAL DISABILITIES ("Improving accessibility on internship," September gradPSYCH), there is often an encouraging connection when working with clients. For example, it allows others with disabilities to recognize one's human condition and will facilitate a better working alliance. However, it can be problematic when working with other professionals, supervisors and staff. During various training experiences, I was very honest about being hearing impaired but, once revealed, there were often overt and covert changes in attitude and relationships. I have found that others will talk differently, at me or become irritated when perceiving that I did not hear instantly.

I am also an older, "mature" student (now a postdoc resident), and along with all the ramifications of ageism, being hearing impaired can potentially serve as a definite "no-no" for internships and postdoc residencies. That is not to say that it is impossible, but caution is appropriate!

SALLY DAVEY, PsyD
Argosy University/Phoenix


Stereotypes reinforced?

YOUR GENDER-BIASED ARTICLE, "Giving Battered Women a Voice" (June gradPSYCH) was slanted to reinforce the false and discriminatory stereotype that domestic violence is a phenomenon in which women are the only victims and men are the only perpetrators.

In 2004, this bias is unacceptable, especially in light of the strong research readily available that debunks the "female harmlessness bias." Dr. Murray Straus of the Family Research Lab in Durham, N.H., has found consistently that men and women suffer domestic violence in nearly equal numbers and that men can also be severely attacked and injured by female partners. Additionally, your article did little to address gay and lesbian partner violence.

If women truly wish for equality, they cannot pick and choose how to be equal. Equality means that women, like men, behave in many extremes, from peaceful to violent. Abusive women must take responsibility for their actions, and not attempt to manipulate a biased system that belittles physical and sexual violence by women and sometimes wrongly accuses male victims.

Battered women have had more than their fair share of a voice for decades. Most domestic violence and rape crisis centers only serve women and turn away men and lesbians. I challenge gradPSYCH to give all victims a voice—not only those who fit a politically correct stereotype.

LAURIE A. COUTURE
Exeter, N.H.