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date: 29 October 2020

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This chapter explores some historical linkages between personality, social psychology, and social policy, and reviews several issues in integrating personality and social psychology for social policy research, program development, and evaluation. The chapter describes general orientations in personality and social psychology and how they may lead to different understandings and policy solutions. Some differences in orientation are proposed as hindering integration of personality and social psychology, whereas others are complementary and may enhance policy work. Examples are offered of ways to integrate personality and social psychology in policy-relevant research, and other levels and contexts for policy engagement are noted. The chapter also outlines several systemic influences on policy involvement by personality and social psychologists. It concludes with a call for training programs to “rediscover” emphases on social policy and by encouraging personality and social psychologists to more highly value and participate in social policy work of different types.

Keywords: policy, action research, social issues, social problems, Kurt Lewin, applied psychology

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