Ref NoBPS/001/11/04/03/03/18
TitleInterdisciplinary Working Party on Ethical Guidelines for Behaviour Modification (Zangwill) 1977-1981
Extent1 file
Physical Description1 folder
DescriptionCorrespondence, drafts and final reports as well as comments on the report of Joint Working Party of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Nursing and British Psychological Society to formulate ethical guidelines for the conduct of programmes of behaviour modification in the National Health Service. The Working Party was set up by the Secretary of State for Health Sir Keith Joseph as a response to an investigation into medical and nursing practices at Napsbury Hospital in 1973 - its first meeting was on 12 March 1974. It reported in 1979 and after changes the final report was published by the HMSO in 1980.

Includes introduction, information and access, consent, control, responsibility, review bodes, training, summary and recommendations. Appendices include a definition of behaviour modification, current British practice in behaviour modification; questionnaire sent to bodies providing evidence (Association of Educational Psychologists, Association of University Teachers of Psychiatry, British Association for Behavioural Psychotherapy, British Association of Occupational Therapists, Campaign for the Mentally Handicapped, Department of Education and Science Schools Department, Institute of Mental Subnormality, Institute of Psychiatry, Mental Patients' Union, MIND, National Association for the Advancement of Behavioural Analysis and Change, Royal College of Nursing, British Psychological Society, British Society for the Study of Mental Subnormality, Joint Board of Clinical Nursing Studies, The Patients Association and The Royal College of Psychiatrists), list of hospitals visits (526 hospitals were contacted, 115 replied that they were using behaviour modification techniques and during April 1975 7 were visited), a list of individuals providing oral or written evidence (A Altschul, D H Clark, C Gathercole, L O Gostin, A Kushlick, I M Marks, T R Miles, A J Tierney and B A Williams), 'Review Bodies - An Alternative View (C P Seager), Florida Guidelines for the Use of Behavioural Procedures in State Hospitals, Minnesota Guidelines for Behaviour Modification Programmes and a definition of legal responsibility.

The Working Party was chaired by Oliver Zangwill (one of the representatives of the British Psychological Society) and included D E Blackman, J Dovey, M Edwards-Evans, J C Gardner, J N Hall, W A Heaton-Ward, M W Jackson, C C Kiernan, I S Kreeger, F J Lewis, P D Mellor, C P Seager and P Whiffen.

The Professional Affairs Board of the British Psychological Society set up their own Working Party in January 1981 to prepare comments on the published report (Chris Cullen, Bernard Kat and F McPherson) arguing that the report was superseded by later guidelines, psychological research and the recommendation of the Nodder Committee (Working Group on Organisational and Management Problems of Mental Illness Hospitals
NotesThe History of Psychology Centre is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our users. Be aware that our catalogue contains historic terminology relating to mental health which could be considered offensive. The terminology exists within the original record and has been retained to inform users on viewpoints at the time. It in no way reflects the attitudes of the cataloguers or the British Psychological Society.
File of Colin V Newman British Psychological Society Scientific and Professional Secretary. The British Psychological Society had previously published a report on behaviour modification in 1978.
Related MaterialBPS/001/4/01/02/01 Professional Affairs Board PAB Papers 1 1974-1977;
BPS/001/4/01/02/02 Professional Affairs Board PAB Papers 1978-1980;
BPS/0014/01/02/03 Professional Affairs Board PAB Papers 1981-1982
BPS/001/4/02/03/01 BPS Scientific Affairs Board SAB (1976-1979) Reports
BPS/002/2/03/05/01 DCLP Evidence and Reports 1978-1981
BPS/004/1/07 Zangwill Oliver Louis (1913-1987) papers 1941-1945
AccessConditionsRegistered Users by Appointment Only.
Location13: BPS History of Psychology Centre, London
Human behaviour
Legislation and Regulations
Psychiatric Hospitals
RulesDescription compiled in line with the following: ISAD (G) General International Standard Archival Description MAD3 Third Edition 2000
ArchNoteCompiled by Claire Jackson BPS Archivist History of Psychology Centre.

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