THE UTILIZATION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH FINDINGS FOR THE PREVENTIONS OF AIDS AND DRUG ADDICTION IN THAILAND
 
Bhanthumnavin, D., National Research Council of Thailand, Thailand
 
In the mid 1970's, social psychological research knowledge entered the era of research applications for reducing various social problems. Social orientation, social indicator and social technology are the three functions of social applications. In Thailand, a principle project called "the Research and Development of the Thai Behavioral System" sponsored by the National Research Council of Thailand, has organized a group of social psychologists together with other behavioral scientists. These researchers have conducted and reviewed more than 20 important studies in Thailand on related topics, for example, studies on the psychological analysis of avoidance behaviors of AIDS and drug addictions, experimental studies of AIDS prevention, and trainings of important psychological characteristics. Some studies were on the socialization and the consequences of being religious in youths, working adults and older people. The group has offered a series of national workshops. The major purpose is to make research products useful for building psychological immunizations of AIDS and drug addictions in youths via family, school-university, and Buddhist temples (95% of the Thais are Buddhists). The audience of the 4 workshops in Thailand consisted of many hundreds of local teachers, parents, Buddhist monks, public health workers, local administrators, policemen and social development personnels. Details of the three types of social applications of research findings mentioned above, offered during each of the 3-day-workshops, can clearly reflect the success of this past endeavors and also its future.