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Psychological abuse in workfare

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has just published important research on the coercive and punitive nature of many psycho-policy interventions and considers the implications of psycho-policy for the disadvantaged and excluded populations who are its primary targets.

This research was carried out by Dr Lynne Friedli, fellow of The Centre for Welfare Reform, and Robert Stearn.

Dr Simon Duffy, Director of The Centre for Welfare Reform said:

"Government is using the language of psychology in order to justify its policies of sanctions, workfare and reduced rights for workers. What can often sound plausible at first turns out to be the worst kind of manipulation further degrading the quality of life for all."

The research: 'Positive affect as coercive strategy: conditionality, activation and the role of psychology in UK government workfare programmes' is available to read here: http://mh.bmj.com/content/41/1/40.full

The authors also discuss their research in the following podcast: https://soundcloud.com/bmjpodcasts