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Diane Houston

Diane Houston

My research interests are in applied social psychology. Most of my research examines issues of performance and well-being in work and academic performance. I have a particular interest in theories of social comparison, efficacy, attributional style and identity. With my research group I have been conducting research into the ways in which people balance the demands placed upon them by their lifestyles - paid work, caring responsibilities, voluntary work, and leisure pursuits. To date, this research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Future of Work Programme, and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Causal Attribution
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Person Perception
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Andreopoulou, A., & Houston, D. M. (2002). The impact of collective self-esteem on intergroup evaluation: Self-protection and self-enhancement. Current Research in Social Psychology, 7, 234-256.
  • Houston, D. M. (1995). Surviving a failure: Efficacy and a laboratory based test of the hopelessness model of depression. European Journal of Social Psychology, 25, 545-558.
  • Houston, D. M. (1995). Vulnerability to depressive mood reactions: Retesting the hopelessness model of depression. British Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 293-302.
  • Houston, D. M. (1994). Gloomy but smarter: The academic consequences of attributional style. British Journal of Social Psychology, 33, 433-441.
  • Houston, D. M., & Allt, S. K. (1997). Psychological distress and error-making among junior house officers. British Journal of Health Psychology, 2, 141-151.
  • Houston, D. M., & Andreopoulou, A. (2003). Tests of both corollaries of social identity theory's self-esteem hypothesis in a real group setting. British Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 357-370.
  • Houston, D. M., Lloyd, K., Drysdale, S., & Farmer, M. (2001). The benefits of uncertainty: Changes in attitudes to the cervical screening programme following widespread publicity about screening errors. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 6, 107-113.
  • Houston, D. M., & Marks, G. (2003). The role of planning and workplace support in returning to work after maternity leave. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 41, 197-214.
  • Houston, D. M., McKee, K. J., Carroll, L., & Marsh, H. (1998). Using humour to promote psychological well-being in residential homes for older people. Aging and Mental Health, 2(4), 328-332.
  • Houston, D. M., McKee, K. J., & Wilson, J. (2000). Attributional style, efficacy and the enhancement of well-being among housebound older people. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 22(4), 309-317.
  • Marks, G., & Houston, D. M. (2002). Attitudes towards work and motherhood held by working and non-working mothers. Work Employment and Society, 16, 523-536.
  • Marks, G., & Houston, D. M. (2002). The determinants of young women's intentions about education, career development and family life. Journal of Education and Work, 15, 321-336.
  • McKee, K. J., Houston, D. M., & Barnes, S. (2002). Methods for assessing quality of life and well-being in frail older people. Psychology and Health, 17, 737-751.
  • Ryckman, R. M., & Houston, D. M. (2003). Value priorities in American and British female and male university students. Journal of Social Psychology, 143, 127-138.

Diane Houston
School of Psychology
Keynes College
University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 (0)1227 827933
  • Fax: +44 (0)1227 827030

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