On the Record
"The divorce rate and teen-age pregnancy rate are going down. One group says, 'Hooray, we are going to move back to traditional families.' But cohabitation is replacing marriage, especially remarriage."
--E. Mavis Hetherington, psychologist who pioneered research on the effect of parents' divorce on children, New York Times, April 1.
"I call it body-part sex. The kids don't even look at each other. It's mechanical, dehumanizing. The fallout is that later in life they have trouble forming relationships. They're jaded."
--Marsha Levy-Warren, a New York City psychologist, on pre-teens and teens having sex, New York Times, April 2.
"Both male and female [evaluators] were more likely to positively evaluate the research, teaching and service contributions of a male job applicant than a female job applicant [with identical qualifications]."
--Rhea Steinpreis, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee psychologist, reporting, with her colleagues, in a recent issue of the academic journal Sex Roles, on sex discrimination among psychologists, Washington Post, April 2.
"What is a disorder, anyway?...I decided early in the game that I needed to be hit with the full battery of neuropsychiatric tests that I give to kids--that it wasn't fair unless I experienced them. Many psychiatrists and psychologists fit kids into diagnostic boxes....[But] behavior is influenced...strongly by its interaction with environment."
--Jane Holmes Bernstein, psychologist and director of the neuropsychology program at Boston Children's Hospital, on the nuances of diagnosing psychological disorders--distinguishing, for example, between a clinically pathological obsession and a normal, functional one, New Yorker, April 10.
"Now we have a better understanding that treatment is a process. It's not a magic bullet. It's not one-stop shopping."
--D. Dwayne Simpson, a psychologist at Texas Christian University, on the need for long-term, follow-up treatment to intervene with drug abuse, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21.