The American Psychological Association (APA) suffered a 7.6 percent loss of its members from 2010 to 2011 — from 91,306 to 84,339. While in recent years, the APA has suffered from smaller membership declines, this is the first time ever in the organization’s 120-year history it has suffered such a significant one-year decline in members.
Is this downward trend specific to the American Psychological Association, or are other professional organizations suffering similar losses?
And what’s to blame for this precipitous loss of members in a single year? A few factors come to mind.