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 HealthMost 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 […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health | Tags: Featured ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyExposure 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 […]Read More
Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Mental Health | Tags: PodcastsIn this episode of RadioActive Lauren Munro, a Ph.D. student at Wilifrid Laurier University, explains what fat activism is and how the social movement challenges stigmas around fatness. Lauren self-describes as a fat woman and discusses how taking back the word “fat” and using it as a neutral descriptor weakens negative connotations. As a researcher, […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health | Tags: 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: 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