Social Justice Through Collaborative Research and Action

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In response to the repeated police killings of Black people, including the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks, and the global mobilization demanding structural change to ensure that Black Lives Matter, the Society for Community Research and Action membership pulled together resources to support awareness raising and action for uprooting white supremacy and promoting racial justice. We hope this promotes the widespread adoption of anti-racist practices in our everyday lives and in the field of Community Psychology. 


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What is Community Psychology?

Social justice. Action-oriented research. Global in nature. Influencing public policy. Working for empowerment. Multidisciplinary in focus. Celebrating culture. Preventing harm. Behavior in context. Social action. Supporting community strengths. Reducing oppression. Promoting well-being. Scientific inquiry. Honoring human rights. Respecting diversity.

Community psychology goes beyond an individual focus and integrates social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and international influences to promote positive change, health, and empowerment at individual and systemic levels.

Featured Research

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With Racism Everywhere, What makes Youth “Engage Against the Machine?”

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Activism is a crucial part of the democratic process. Social action can be helpful in combating the exhaustion of daily inequality.

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Engaging Stakeholders about the “Wicked Problem” of Educational–Behavioral Health Disparities

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Many important societal problems can be defined as “wicked” because they have multiple, complex causes, impact individuals in different ways, and do not lend themselves to simple solutions. Researchers should seek to collaborate with the individuals most affected by the topic under study so that any (partial) solutions to identified problems can be informed by […]

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Critical Reflection as an Antidote for Oppression

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Critical reflection is associated with lower levels of internalized oppression and higher levels of collective efficacy. It can liberate people from oppressive ideologies and empower them to resist social injustice.

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Don’t Start and End with ACEs: How Protective Factors Explain Youth Health

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Protective factors can mitigate the impact of ACEs and are just as important to understand a child’s physical and emotional health.

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Community-Based Participatory Research is Authentic and Actionable

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Consumers collaborate with researchers in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) to create data that is authentic, useful, and can directly impact service delivery systems. The process is time intensive and can be challenging. Including consumer researchers as partners is essential to understand the experience of receiving services and the impact of those services when considering improvements.

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Faith, Conservatism, and Discrimination

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Despite significant strides for sexual and gender minority (SGM) rights in the United States, there continues to be opposition to these rights from many conservative Christians and political conservatives. This study advances the understanding of how unawareness of Christian privilege and support for Christian hegemony help to explain the association between Christian and political conservatism and […]