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Ref 1 Subject: Inteligence

I am loooking for sites that deal with IQ testing primarilly in children of varying ages. If you know of any or where I can get some sort of information on this please let me know.

Yours sincerely, Robert C Tee
Education / sports studies student, Winchester England
Sonar Technician United States Naval Reserve

Ref 2 Subject: scales of boredom

We are psychology students looking for any boredom scales - can you help???? 

Ref 3
Subject: School Arson.

My name is Elizabeth Day and I am a final year journalism student at the  Nottingham Trent University.

For my degree I must complete a television documentary and I have chosen to research the subject of school security with a particular focus on school arson.

I am writing to you in the hope that you may be able to put me in contact with an expert in the field of educational/adolescent psychology. As the majority of school arsonists are teenagers, I need to understand the social issues and reasons surrounding why they cause fires.   If you could help in any way I would be extremely grateful.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Liz Day

Ref 4 Subject: Online counselling/pscyhotherapy

I am currently researching a dissertation for my MA Counselling Studies at University College Chester. Does anyone have any experience of providing or accessing Online counselling/psychotherapy on the Web or Internet, or have any academic resources which cover this new medium of therapy? All replies in strictist confidence.

Dave Addison

Ref 5 Subject: Journal of Experimental Psychology

I am looking for a number to contact to recieve articles from back issues from the magazine 'Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 3. Some of these articles are from 1975. is there a place that I can telephone to get copies of these articles?   Please send back knowledge and let me know if possible.
many thanks.
H. Dawson

Ref.6 Subject: Help me to help someone

How do you help someone to admit that they need help?  A close acquaintance has low self esteem and relationship problems arising from a failed relationship which involved mainly mental abuse. Depression developed resulting in a 15 year dependence on benzodiazepines. ( Now reduced to zero but 'craving' still there.) Sleep problems, depression, mood swings continue.

They state an inability to sustain a relationship because it will all go wrong.    They admit to looking happy while not feeling happy.    They think that they are destined to a similar continued existence because the damage previously done cannot be repaired.   They admit to building barriers and acting provocatively in order to force a confrontation. They then act in a self pitying manner when they get the desired reaction stating that they must be bad and that they don't deserve any better. It is almost as if they are self-harming themselves emotionally rather than physically and would almost appear to take pleasure from their obvious unhappiness.

I probably have not made myself clear but I would appreciate any advice anyone can give me. Is there any form of self test, such as the sort of questionnaires which appear in magazines which I could pass on and which they might be tempted to try?. Basically what they are saying but yet simultaneously denying is that they do have a problem which cannot be resolved and therefore there is no point trying to resolve it.

Any help or advice from psychologists, counsellors or therapists would be very much appreciated. Thanks DI

Subject: Request for information concerning patient anxiety

My name is Deborah Jones and I work as a staff nurse in the 'psychiatry of old age' at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage (UK). We are hoping to produce a booklet to enlighten our clients to the sevices we offer and hopefully reduce the anxiety surrounding coming in to hospital care. Can anyone recommend, or supply example of leaflets / information they use to ovecome this problem. I would appreciate sample if possible.

Thanks Deborah Jones 

Ref.8 Subject: Workaholism

I am a Ph.D. student from the South Pacific, interested in workaholism. 1. Do you know of any researchers in the field who would be amenable to contact?  2. What burning issues would interest you about workaholism?  3. If you're a therapist - how common is workaholism? What knowledge would you like research to provide?

Thanks....looking forward to your feedback
Lynley McMillan
New Zealand

Ref.9 Subject: 3 Month Training Post in the UK Requested

I am an American child and adolescent psychiatrist with pending admittance to the Royal College of Psychiatrists I would like to enquire if there is an institution in the UK which could offer me a three month training post.  My special interests are inpatient hospital care, obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders. My curriculum vitae is available upon request.

John Leisic, MD   Please reply to:

Ref.10 Subject: Psychological effects of Computer games

I'm a 3rd year student at De Montfort Uni, in Leicester, and I am currently researching a project on the mental effects computer games have on their users.  I was wondering if there was any research that has been done in this area that anyone could tell me about. Or if there are any  organisations that work in this field ?

Thanks for your help,
Mark Edward


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