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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Demystifying Decolonialization: Practical Example from the Classroom

Posted in: Marginalized Groups | Tags: ,
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(De)colonization is a reclaimed historical term that is related to, but different from, social justice. It is a process of thoughtfully removing the leftover impacts of oppression. Communities can decolonize by deconstructing hierarchies and other social structures that support a discriminatory status quo. You may have heard that decolonialization is crucial to authentically improving race […]

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Making Empirically Based Knowledge Cool Again #MEBKCA-Holly Angelique, Candalyn Rade, Traci Weinstein

Posted in: Prevention Science | Tags:
RadioActive goes on tour to Harrisburg, PA! Guest this week include Dr. Candalyn Rade, Dr. Holly Angelique and Dr. Traci Weinstein who make up the Community Psychology and Social Change Program at Penn State Harrisburg. Together we not only created what is most certainly a viral hashtag (or bumper sticker motto!) #MEBKCA – Make Empirically Based […]

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Early to Bed, More Organized to Rise? Preliminary Evidence Shows that an Earlier Bedtime may be Beneficial for Teens’ Cognitive Functioning

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
Most teenagers do not get enough sleep. We know that teens have many competing demands for their time and attention (e.g., school, family, peers), and many reasons to want to stay up late. Their evenings may be filled with school activities, homework, and hanging out or talking online with friends. Many teens also experience a […]

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Hands Across the Hills

Posted in: Coalition Building, Inspiration, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Rural Communities | Tags:
In the wake of the 2016 United States presidential election, Americans were awash in angry media and divisive partisian rhetoric, which suggested deep divisions. It struck at our core of what it means to be an American. We felt that we were being encouraged to see the “other” as different from ourselves and often as […]

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Why Chatting with your Best Friend about how much Fun you had at the Party is Good for You and Your Community’s Health

Posted in: Prevention Science, Sense of Community | Tags:
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It is intuitive that social support and positive interactions within communities are linked to better physical and emotional health for individual community members. However, we have not be able to say, from a research standpoint, how or why this is the case. In Sharing Positive Experiences Boosts Resilient Thinking: Everyday Benefits of Social Connection and […]

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Is it Any of Our Business? How Religious Leaders Understand and Respond to IPV

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice | Tags:
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What is the role of a spiritual leader in the private sphere of the home? How do church leaders address the tensions between reducing the rate of divorce, promoting family stability, and addressing the needs of church members at risk for emotional, financial, and physical violence within their families? The “holy hush” refers to a […]

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How Does Exposure to Violence During Adolescence Impact Future Orientation?

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Exposure to violence (ETV) is associated with poorer mental and physical health outcomes including mental distress, suicidal ideation, problematic behaviors, and substance abuse. Individuals with regular exposure to violence may be at higher risk of hopelessness and more likely to avoid consideration of the future in a positive way. Up to now, we haven’t known […]

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Psychedelics in Recovery

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TN: What is the Psychedelics in Recovery group and how does it run? KF: Psychedelics in Recovery (PIR) is a syncretic organization adapting elements of Twelve Step Fellowships (TSFs), most notably: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), to attract members looking to incorporate the psychedelic experience as part […]

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Student Voice Project: Policy-Informed Research on Youth Perceptions of the Baltimore City School Police Force

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Education
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In response to increases in juvenile violence and high-profile school shootings during the 1990s, the United States has seen increased implementation of policies and practices intended to improve the safety and well-being of students (Fader, Lockwood, Schall & Stokes, 2015). However, some argue that these policies perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline and the criminalization of youth […]

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Driving Transformation through Collaboration: Reflections from a Police Widow

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Inspiration
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Community psychologists hold tremendous potential for igniting transformation during divisive times. The skills and values which serve as the foundation for community psychology place us in a unique position to bring diverse stakeholders together to create second-order change. To do so requires a willingness to embrace the dialectic and openly consider divergent solutions (Rappaport, 2002), […]

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