Issues

Issues

Issues

We define community broadly and engage in communities of many kinds. Pieces are arranged topically and the list of issue topics is continually expanding.

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Need for a Culturally-Relevant Adaptation for Latinas with Binge Eating Disorder

Posted in: Healthcare, Marginalized Groups
Latinas are not only at greater risk for obesity and binge eating disorder (BED) than White women, they are also less likely to seek treatment for eating issues. Intensive lifestyle interventions are effective in promoting weight loss and improving dietary intake, but do not address important issues associated with obesity, such as BED. Cognitive-behavioral therapy […]

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Participatory Action Research: An example from the Stand Up to Bullying Project

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families | Tags:
Despite a flurry of recent attention, we have not made sufficient progress in how we address bullying. Bullying, defined by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the intentional, unwanted, aggressive behavior between youths that are not siblings or dating partners that is repeated, or is likely to be repeated, and […]

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Shoulda. coulda. woulda: What listening to Joe Durlak might have done

Posted in: Blog, Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups
In 1979, a young psychologist named Joe Durlak published a controversial study in Psychological Bulletin that sent ripples through the helping professions. What Durlak sought to do was to combine all published studies that had compared the outcomes of experienced psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers with those of paraprofessionals (i.e., nonexpert, minimally trained community volunteers and helpers). […]

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Sense of Community: Let’s Build it Together!

Posted in: Sense of Community | Tags:
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Immigration policy is debated around the globe. Xenophobia abounds. Yet, one of every 30 people live outside of their country of birth. Immigrants and longer-term residents often transform their sense of community—their feelings of belonging and mattering to the community, and beliefs that they will meet their needs through the community—in the new communities they […]

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To Liberate and Be Liberated: A Commitment to Realizing Freedom

Posted in: Blog, Marginalized Groups
As a practitioner and educator, I continuously reflect on how well I apply the principles of the field, and a key part of this work involves working with others that seek to speak truth to power through a process of mutual liberation. I hold a number of roles within the community, and to be true […]

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You Can MAKE Better Mentors

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
Many low-income youth and youth of color experience inequity in schools, neighborhoods and other communities. This may be attributable to adult biases within these settings. These biases may be heightened when the adult and youth do not share similar social identities, such as ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic status. Given the potential influence of adults on […]

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Ajudando os  Alunos a Identificar os seus Valores

Posted in: Blog, Children, Youth and Families
Photograph by Skyseeker.  Used under CC 2.0 Convide os seus alunos a escrever sobre os princípios orientadores segundo os quais eles querem viver, usando estes tópicos motivadores para os ajudar a começar. O início do ano escolar é uma ocasião propícia para pedir aos alunos que reflitam sobre aquilo que traz um sentido orientador às […]

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Helping Your Students Identify Their Values

Posted in: Blog, Children, Youth and Families
Photograph by Skyseeker.  Used under CC 2.0 Have your students write about the principles they want to live by, using these prompts to help them get started. The beginning of the school year is a good time to ask students to reflect on what gives them guiding direction in their lives. And writing their guiding […]

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Is Community Psychology “Forever Young”? Noting and Addressing the Lack of Community Psychologists in Communities of Aging

Posted in: Aging, History of Community Psychology | Tags:
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Between the years 2005 to 2050, the global population of older persons (over age 65) is expected to increase 113%. In continents such as Asia and Africa, the increase is expected to exceed 268% and 307%, respectively. Considering women constitute a majority of the aging population, they may be at an even greater disadvantage than […]

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I Am Not Alone in My Struggle: Importance of Online Communities for Turner Syndrome

Posted in: Inspiration, Self Help | Tags:
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Kristin M. Schramer and Kathryn D. Lafreniere The growth of online communities, communities in which members communicate primarily through electronic means, has led to interest in their ability to develop a sense of community in their members, often referred to as Sense of Virtual Community (SOVC) (Abfalter, Zanglia, & Mueller, 2012). There is evidence that […]

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