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date: 04 December 2020

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At the start of the 1950s, there were no psychological services in Ireland and no Irish university offered qualifications in psychology. This situation changed dramatically in the period from 1955 to 1974. The chapter seeks to explain why psychology did not come to Ireland until this time and why it eventually came to Ireland when it did. The appearance of psychology in Ireland coincides with the modernization of the country. The issue of whether psychology was late in coming to Ireland is also discussed. It is argued that, although psychology was late in coming to Ireland when compared to the small handful of countries that were its original pioneers, it was not late by international or even European standards.

Keywords: 1950s, psychology, Ireland, modernization, late

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