Good mental health is the goal of psychology as a field. Community Psychologists impact the field of psychology by promoting the ways in which social, community, and environmental factors impact psychological wellness as well as access to mental health care.
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health | Tags: Featured Research, ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyAshley Simons-Rudolph Mentoring adolescents is an important way in which communities seek to promote prosocial behavior among youth. Mentoring programs address a number of social issues including encouraging youth to finish high school, break the cycle of poverty, and avoid or delay drug and alcohol use. Perhaps the best-known mentorship strategies are formalized relationships initiated […]Read More
Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Mental Health, Public Policy | Tags: Featured Research, ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyIf we return to the definition of citizenship as a sense of belonging to a group, we gain an understanding of “community” as more broad than simple geographical proximity, membership, or identification with a group.Read More
Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Mental Health, Sense of Community | Tags: Featured Research, ResearchWe examine processes of minority stress and community resilience among racially diverse sexual minority men. Our findings suggest that connection to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community plays a more central role in mediating minority stress processes for White sexual minority men than it does for sexual minority men of color.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
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Mental Health | Tags: PracticeStudents exist within and in between larger structures that often shape the path of their educational experiences and success. Appreciating their ecological context helps us to understand that the success of our students lies in the responsibility of the student as well as the mentor (faculty, staff, and administrator) of the campus they attend.Read More