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Finding Aid for the Roderic Gorney papers, 1974-1980
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Roderic Gorney papers
    Date (inclusive): 1974-1980
    Collection number: 285
    Creator: Roderic Gorney, 1924-
    Extent: 36 boxes (36 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Roderic Gorney (1924- ) is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He is a practicing psychiatrist-psychoanalyst, a published author, and has focused his clinical teaching on psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy of adults. His book, The Human Agenda (1972), was nominated for the 1972 Pulitzer Prize. The research contained in this collection was conducted in the mid-1970s and concentrates on the impact of television adults. It contains grant proposal, and research documentation.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Roderic Gorney, 1994.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Daniella Perry in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, October 2011.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia.  

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Roderic Gorney papers (Collection 285). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Roderic Gorney (1924- ) is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He received is Bachelor's and Medical Degrees from Stanford University, and earned a PhD from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. Gorney entered private practice in San Francisco until 1962 when he was invited to join the faculty at UCLA's School of Medicine. He is a practicing psychiatrist-psychoanalyst, a published author, and has focused his clinical teaching on psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy of adults. Gorney is also the founder/director of The Ashley Montagu Institute (1997), a tax-exempt public charity whose mission is to disseminate, extend, and implement the life work of anthropologist Ashley Montagu. He is a member of various associations: American Medical Association, California Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and others.
    Gorney is the author of professional articles ranging in subject from the effects of the menstrual cycle to the psychodynamics of SCUBA diving. A generalist whose concern has been to integrate findings of disparate fields in the service of human survival, Dr. Gorney lectured and published widely. His paper, "Interpersonal Intensity" won the 1971 prize of the American Psychiatric Association for essays on alternatives to violence. His book, The Human Agenda (1972), was nominated for the 1972 Pulitzer Prize; was recommended for the 1972 National Book Award, and was nominated for the 1972 Hofheimer Prize of the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding research in psychiatry and mental hygiene. In addition, Gorney served as a consultant for various organizations including the President's Committee on Mental Retardation (1975), Royal Commission of Inquiry on Violence in the Communication Industry (Ontario, Canada, 1976), American Psychiatric Association Task Force on the Effects of Television on Mental Health (1976), National Citizens Committee for Broadcasting (1977), and for California's Attorney General (1977). Because of his research, Gorney was asked to testify for the National PTA in the 1970s on effects of TV violence on children and provided briefings for the same to the House Subcommittee on Communications in Washington DC.
    Gorney's research contained in this collection was conducted under the auspices of the Department of Psychiatry's Program on Psychosocial Adaptation and the Future, which he founded and directed in 1971, and concentrated on the impact of dramatic entertainment on adults and the cultural determinants of achievement, aggression, and psychological distress. Roderic Gorney believed human behavior could be transformed positively through mass communication, and human survival might be dependent upon it. From his findings of the study contained here, and with co-research Gary Steele, Gorney published "Human Survival and Mass Entertainment," which was also presented at a Special Conference on World Futures Research in Rome, 1974.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of the collection pertains to a large study done in the mid-1970s measuring television effects on attitudes and values in adults. Grant proposals and applications to the NIH, NIMH, NSF, Rockefeller and the Lilly Foundation are included, as well as participant files, program materials, computer data, and reference materials. Also in the collection are U-matic video tape recordings of cable television shows viewed by participants before and after filling out questionnaires and surveys. Boxes containing participant files are have restricted access.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Grants and Proposals
    2. Research Study Documentation
    3. Reference Materials

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Gorney, Roderic, 1924- --Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences --Faculty --Archival resources.
    Psychiatrists --California --Los Angeles --Archival resources.

    Items Removed from the Collection

    Items removed from the collection include work-study personnel files, empty folders, computer printouts regarding computer center print charges, photocopies of checks issued on PSAF funds, key punch card decks labeled "duplicate."