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Thoughts on the GCC National Research Context: Challenges to Developing a Local Psychology

Lambert, Louise and Yaaqeib, Saad I. and Crookes, Annie E. and Cody, Brettjet and Saad, Semma (2021) Thoughts on the GCC National Research Context: Challenges to Developing a Local Psychology. In: Toward a Positive Psychology of Islam and Muslims. Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology. Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology, 15 . Springer Nature, Cham, pp. 359-380. ISBN 978-3-030-72605-8

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In this chapter, we cover challenges pertaining specifically to psychology research within the GCC region and offer some insights and solutions. We analyze why, given a largely stable political landscape, economic prosperity and a government strategy for supporting science and academia, the GCC countries still lag in the development and growth of psychological science. We first offer an overview of the GCC nation’s higher education landscape, and focus on three areas that hinder the development of research in psychology: Higher education institutions and their academic orientations; the intellectual environment in institutions, and the broader social landscape, including governments and research participants. We argue that this is a missed opportunity for Muslim psychology on a wider scale as much could be done within these countries to build a more informed understanding of Islamic and Muslim psychology in a native context.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Annie Crookes
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 01:49
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2022 03:02

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