These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, we rate Psych Central a Pro-Science source based on publishing evidence-based information regarding psychology. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing through medical journals as well as a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Psych Central was founded by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in 1991, with the website launched in 1995. Psych Central is an independent mental health social network that is overseen by mental health professionals who create and oversee all the content published on the site. According to their about page they state “Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health online resource. Since 1995, our award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to individuals struggling with a problem in their lives.”
Funded by / Ownership
The website and group is owned by John Grohol and is “affiliated with the Psych Central Community Connection, a 501(c)3 public charity that provides small grants to individuals in need and for treatment, as well running the Project Hope & Beyond online community.” Funding is derived through advertising
Analysis / Bias
In review, Psych Central publishes information regarding a variety of psychological conditions as well as news related to psychology. For example, they provide information on ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Addiction, and many more. They also publish quizzes that can be used as an informal diagnosis such as this: Depression Test. News articles are always properly sourced to credible media outlets or professional scientific journals and use minimally loaded language such as this: Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder in Children and this Study Finds Genetic Link Between Disorders.
Editorially, Psych Central presents with a left-leaning bias as they frequently analyze President Trump’s personality and behavior such as this: Donald Trump and the Narcissistic Illusion of Grandiosity. This story is well-sourced and evidence-based.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Psych Central a Pro-Science source based on publishing evidence-based information regarding psychology. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing through medical journals as well as a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/16/2019)