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Influencing Social PolicyApplied Psychology Serving the Public Interest$
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Kenneth I. Maton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989973.001.0001

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Conclusions and Future Directions

Conclusions and Future Directions

(p.303) 9 Conclusions and Future Directions
Influencing Social Policy

Kenneth I. Maton

Oxford University Press

Psychologists possess considerable potential to influence social policy in the public interest. To fully realize that potential, focused effort is required. This final chapter summarizes key themes and findings from the current research, and it offers a number of future directions in the realms of training, research, and action to increase the policy-influence capacity of the field. The chapter contains parting words from many of those interviewed, providing guidance and inspiration for those entering and continuing their work in the policy arena. The final quote is from Seymour Sarason, to whom the book is dedicated.

Keywords:   social policy, public interest, policy training, research, future directions in policy

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