Dean reviews Filipino psychologists’
contributions to global discourse
research in the Philippines is in the process of exploring
ways by which elements of different “psychologies” can be
appropriated and employed to understand the characteristics
of the psychology and behavior of Filipinos, says College
of Education (CED) Dean Dr. Allan Bernardo.
Bernardo, running head of the Psychological Association of
the Philippines (PAP), made this assessment in a symposium
of Filipino psychologists at the Philippine Social Science
Center, Alip Auditorium Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on
January 26. The symposium was part of the 40th anniversary
celebration of PAP.
His paper titled, “Finding Our Voice(s): Philippine Psychologists’
Contributions to Global Discourse in Psychology” looked into
the contributions of Philippine psychologists to the psychology
literature from 1991 to 2000.
The results of the analysis of 55 abstracts indicate that
the Philippine contributions to psychology literature primarily
come from three universities, one of which is De La Salle
University-Manila. The two other schools are Ateneo de Manila
University and University of the Philippines.
Bernardo noted that many contributions involved collaborations
among Filipino and foreign psychologists, and that most of
the contributions are published in the core journals of disciplines.
He pointed out that low representation of Philippine psychologists
in psychology literature is most likely reflective of two
things: one is the weak emphasis on research and a stronger
emphasis on application and practice, and another is the fact
that psychology as a scientific discipline is still underdeveloped
in the Philippines compared to economically developed countries.
Results of his study indicate that most of the contributions
seem to take an indigenizing orientation, where topics and
problems are chosen for their local interest and relevance.
However, this indigenizing orientation is found mostly in
the theoretical/conceptual level, as the methodological approaches
taken conform to the highly experimental and quantitative
orientation of mainstream psychology.
In a related development, Dr. Imelda Villar, faculty of the
Counselor Education Department of DLSU-M, launched her book,
“Brief Psychodynamic Strategies for Counseling and Psychotheraphy,”
also during the PAP anniversary celebration.