440 pages | 53 B/W Illus.
Community Psychology, 6th Edition offers an easy-to-navigate, clearly organized and comprehensive overview of the field, with theoretical roots that carry over to practical applications. Presenting the concepts of community psychology and social change, these concepts are then applied to various systems addressing the human condition: mental health, medical, public health, school, legal, industrial/organizational.
Through a unique 3-part approach including concepts, interventions, and applications of the theory, the book opens the field of community psychology to students who are interested in how psychology might help themselves and the systems around them. It then focuses on the prevention of problems, the promotion of well-being, empowerment of members within a community, the appreciation of diversity, and an ecological model for the understanding of human behavior. Attention is paid to both "classic" early writings and the most recent journal articles and reviews by today’s practitioners and researchers. Historical and alternative methods of effecting social change are explored in this book, with the overall theme that the environment is as important as the individual in it.
This sixth edition will include new topical subjects such as grit and life success, changes in technology and their impact, interventions based on networking, social movements and justice, dealing with stigma, new models of health, and others. It will appeal to advanced undergraduates as well as graduates taking courses on community psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology, and related fields.
Part I: Introductory Concepts
1. Introduction to Community Psychology
2. Scientific Research Methods
3. Stress and Resilience
Part II: Social Change and Intervention
4. The Importance of Social Change
5. Community Intervention Strategies
Part III: Applications
6. The Mental Health System
7. Social and Human Services in the Community
8. Schools, Children, and the Community
9. Law, Crime, and the Community
10. The Health Care System
11. Community Health and Preventive Medicine
12. Community/Organizational Psychology
Part IV: Where to From Here?
13. The Future of Community Psychology