B.D.Bhatia and Margaretta Craig wrote this classic textbook for nurses in India in 1958. The second edition was published 50 years later, in 2008. In a span of just five years, the third edition is being brought out to accommodate changes in the syllabus and to meet the felt needs in the student community.
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition
INC Syllabus for Psychology
1. The Nature and Scope of Psychology
History and origin of the science of psychology – Meaning and definitions of psychology – Psychology as a Science – Behaviour – Relation of psychology to other fields of study – Scope of psychology – Branches of psychology –Applied psychology – Scope of psychology with special relevance to nursing – Psychology and the art of effective nursing
2. Methods of Psychology
The introspective method – The observational method – The experimental method – The clinical or case study method – The survey method – The genetic or developmental method – Testing method
3. The Mind and Body–Mind Relationship
The mind – The conscious, preconscious and unconscious – Analysis of conscious mental phenomena – Altered states of consciousness – the Body–mind relationship – Effect of the body on mental functioning – Effect of the mind on bodily functions – Modulation process in health and illness – Relevance of body–mind relationship to nursing
4. Genetics and Behaviour
Genetics – Heredity – Principles of heredity – Genetic disorders – Environment – Influence of heredity and the environment – Personality and temperament – Interaction of heredity and environment – Individual differences
5. The Nervous System
Parts of the nervous system – The central nervous system – The peripheral nervous system –What nurses should know about the nervous system in illness – Conditions which can affect the nervous system
6. The Sense Organs, Muscles and Glands
The sense organs – Sensory disorders and defects – Psychology of sensation – Properties of Sensations – Common sensory abnormalities – Sensory processes: the patient and the nurse – The muscles – Nursing and the effect of illness on muscles – The glands – What nurses should know about glands.
7. Attention and Perception
Attention – Meaning and definition of attention – Characteristics of attention – Determinants of attention –Varieties of attention – Duration and degree of attention –– Alterations in attention – Perception – Meaning of perception – Factors affecting perception – Principles of perception – Errors in perception – Relevance of attention and perception for nurses
Model Examination Papers
Dr Aruna Balachandra retired as Reader, Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed (JBAS) Women’s College in Chennai. She edited the second edition of this book.