Affordable, safe, and stable housing is crucial for optimum psychological development. Community Psychologists identify how discrimination and unintended policy consequences impact safety and feelings of belongingness at home. For example, a particular focus within our field is urban housing and ways in which housing options can hinder life choices as well as encourage the development of health communities. Other Community Psychologists may promote awareness of rural issues by developing communications networks.
Posted in: Housing, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags: Featured ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyShortcomings in public housing should be addressed to promote social participation and well-being. Findings from six different housing sites underline the importance of investing in better building materials, increased maintenance, and community organization to support public housing tenants’ participation.Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Housing, Poverty and Socioeconomic StatusPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyInformal supports are an important sources of resilience for low-income families who may be excluded from or are reluctant to engage with formal social systems. Social ties can help households withstand threats to their living arrangements and may be a powerful tool in disrupting pathways to behavior problems among teens.Read More
Posted in: Housing | Tags: ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyEviction moratoriums like the one enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic may have different consequences on housing instability. More work is needed to develop policies to protect the unstably housed in cases of natural emergencies.Read More
Posted in: Housing, Substance UsePublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyThe social environment may be a more important influence on substance abuse recovery than previously recognized. Recovery can be strongly influenced by others with whom the recovering individual has regular social contact, whether for good or for bad.Read More
Posted in: Housing, Mental Health, Substance Use | Tags: ResearchWhen an individual struggling with a substance abuse disorder has been discharged from inpatient treatment, they usually leave with an aftercare plan. Aftercare can include many options such as attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, coming in once a week to see a therapist, or moving into a recovery home.Read More