This article is adapted from "France National Tour," prepared by Michele Carlier, 2008 and reprinted from Wedding, D., & Stevens, M. J. (Eds.). (2009). Psychology: IUPsyS Global Resource (Edition 2009) [CD-ROM]. International Journal of Psychology, 44(Suppl. 1).Reprinted from Wedding, D., & Stevens, M. J. (Eds.). (2009). Psychology: IUPsyS Global Resource (Edition 2009) [CD-ROM]. International Journal of Psychology, 44 (Suppl. 1).
Research - Overview
In France, psychological research primarily takes place in laboratories supported by universities (through the Ministry of Education, Research and Technology) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Other agencies or institutions that provide support to research in psychology are the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
Four years of university studies are required for the master's degree in psychology. An additional year is required for a specialized diploma (Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées, DESS, or Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies, DEA). A total of eight years is required for the doctoral degree. The Société Française de Psychologie has worked actively towards legal recognition of the profession of psychologist, based on at least five years of higher education and observance of the ethical code of the society. The law was adopted by the French Parliament in 1985.
French psychologists do have a formal code of ethics.
Psychologie Française Pratiques psychologiques L'Année Psychologique, 1894-
Le Travail Humain, 1937-
Bulletin de Psychologie, 1948-
Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée / European Review of Applied Psychology, 1950-
Cahiers de Psychologie Cognitive / Current Psychology of Cognition, 1981-
European Journal of Psychology of Education, 1986-
Updated September 2008