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The Psychologist Vol 31 No 5 May 2018

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I manage my eldest son's football team. I've taken them from under-8s to under-14s, and the challenges in my working life pale into insignificance against what the average weekend throws up. There are perhaps times when membership of this particular social group feels like a curse. I fantasise about pulling them through to under-18s, and then never setting foot in the club again. But our special on 'the new psychology of health' (p.28) suggests I shouldn't be too hasty. Sure, groups can be negative if they are disadvantaged, stigmatised, if they don't value you or if they make unhealthy choices. But psychologists are unlocking the 'social cure' afforded by groups, in a fine example of bridging the gap between research and practice, to influence public policy. And they've made me realise that when it's time to shed my 'Birstall United Juniors FC' identity, I should at least consider taking up bowls. As ever, lots more in this issue, including a welcome to new CEO Sarb Bajwa.

Dr Jon Sutton Managing
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Letters
Worboys case; digital data; and more

Obituaries

News
Cambridge Analytica; and more

One on one
with Sarb Bajwa, new Society CEO

Unlocking the social cure
S. Alexander Haslam introduces a special collection with his 'Lists for Life'

Reversing the social curse
Jolanda Jetten

Addiction and the importance of belonging
Genevieve Dingle

How groups beat depression
Tegan Cruwys

Scaffolding a stronger society
Catherine Haslam concludes, with how we are moving beyond social prescribing

'Individuals are active agents in their own environments'
We meet Essi Viding

Careers
We hear from Lauren Bishop, and Simon Whalley

Jobs in psychology
Featured job, latest vacancies

Books
Including five words that matter to psychology

Culture

A to Z
What have we got for Q?

 

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