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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Dialogue on Gun Safety: A Community Psychology Values Check Relative to Public Policy

Posted in: Blog, Violence Prevention
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Another day, another tragedy. Is this “just how it is these days in schools?” A Community Psychologist speaks out about the responsibilities of our field.

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Incarceration of Undocumented Families: A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Immigrant Justice, Public Policy
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Jessica Chicco, Patricia Esparza, M. Brinton Lykes, Fabricio E. Balcazar and Kevin Ferreira On April 5th Antonio Puente, President of the APA, sent a letter to the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security raising concerns about the current policies regarding the incarceration of migrant families. That letter was based largely on the SCRA Statement. EXECUTIVE […]

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Natural Mentoring is Good for ALL Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health | Tags:
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Natural mentors can promote a sense of belonging and prosocial behavior in youth and may be more easily implementable than formalized mentorships.

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How We Can Promote “Citizenship” in Communities

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Mental Health, Public Policy | Tags:
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If 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.

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Apply Community Psychology Principles to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Posted in: Blog, Environment, Public Policy
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A Call to Action by Christopher Corbett Citizens–not politicians–are urgently needed and create the demand for renewable energy.  Will you join in the battle to help prevent climate change? In Part I: Community Psychology and the Resist Movement (Corbett, 2017, a), I made the case that there is a moral obligation to resist our elected […]

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The Effects of Deportation on Families and Communities

Posted in: Aging, Children, Youth and Families, Immigrant Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
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Deportation has numerous detrimental impacts on individuals who are deported, and on the families and communities they are forced to leave behind. This policy statement reviews the empirical literature to describe the effects of deportation on the individual, families, and the broader community, in order to inform policy and practice recommendations.

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Action or Inaction in the Wake of Parkland Florida Tragedy? Preventing Gun Violence Through Model (Red Flag) Legislation

Posted in: Blog, Violence Prevention
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Model legislation provides great opportunity for Community Psychologists to intervene. This is clearly a fitting issue for CPs to take on now, especially in the wake of the gun violence in Parkland, Florida.

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Addressing a Frequent Practitioner Question Through Synthesizing Research & Practice Wisdom

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Substance Use, Violence Prevention | Tags:
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While guidance from organizations ranging from the American College Health Association to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to the Centers for Disease Control recommends that campuses address alcohol and sexual assault, there is limited concrete guidance as to how campus practitioners should actually do so. To address this critical […]

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Applying the Principles of Community Psychology in Institutions of Higher Education

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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This article seeks to add a deeper understanding of the context that many first-generation minority college students have endured prior to getting to higher education, specifically the disproportionately high number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long-lasting impacts.

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Are Current Mentoring Models Bad for Kids’ Health?

Posted in: Blog, Children, Youth and Families
submitted by Bernadette Sánchez Recent longitudinal studies show that Black adolescents and adults from low socioeconomic backgrounds who are resilient are also more likely to get physically sick. However, White adolescents and adults from similar backgrounds are immune to this negative outcome. For example, a study of Black, low-income adolescents revealed that those who were resilient (as […]

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