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Psychological literacy is a term first introduced by Alan Boneau in 1990 [1] and reflects the benefits of taking a psychology degree. Through taking the courses students aquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that they can apply in their own lives.

Cranney and Dunn (2011)[2] defined psychological literacy as the adaptive capacity to apply psychological science to achieve personal and societal needs.

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  1. Boneau, C.A. (1990).Psychological literacy:A first approximation. American Psychologist, 45, 891-900
  2. Cranney, J., & Dunn, D. (Eds.) (2011). The psychologically literate citizen: foundations and global perspectives. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN13 978019979494

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Key textsEdit


  • Cranney, J., Morris, S., Krochmalik, A., Botwood, L. (in press). Assessing psychological literacy. In D. S. Dunn, S.C. Baker, C.M. Mehrotra, R.E. Landrum, & M. A. McCarthy, (Eds.). Assessing Teaching and Learning in Psychology: Current and Future Perspectives. Cengage.


  • McGovern, T. V., Corey, L. A., Cranney, J., Dixon, Jr., W. E., Holmes, J. D., Kuebli, J. E., Ritchey, K., Smith, R. A., & Walker, S. (2010). Psychologically literate citizens. In D. Halpern (Ed.). Undergraduate education in psychology: Blueprint for the discipline’s future (pp. 9-27). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

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