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.

Society for Community Research and Action Statement on Police Brutality

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy, Violence Prevention | Tags:
We, the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), are in solidarity with those calling to move funding out of policing and into systems that facilitate community wellness. For this reason, we take up policing as an institution.

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When We Stop Expelling Three Year Olds, Teachers Need Resources

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Marginalized Groups
Early childhood educational providers need more resources like infant/early childhood mental health consultation.

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Raising Awareness and Getting to Action: Uprooting White Supremacy and Promoting Racial Justice

Posted in: Marginalized Groups | Tags:
In response to the repeated police killings of Black people, including the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks, and the global mobilization demanding structural change to ensure that Black Lives Matter, the Society for Community Research and Action membership pulled together resources to support awareness raising and action for […]

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Blended Conscientisation Methods Uncover Structural Roots of Individualized Problems

Posted in: Coalition Building, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Current development work can strengthen oppression and sustain de-humanisation. High levels of anxiety, shame, and hopelessness encourage dependency on existing power structures rather than collective action. Feelings of insecurity can point to a wider structural colonisation.

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Principles-Focused Evaluation: Collaborating for Equity and Justice

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Prevention Science
Incorporating a Principles-Focused Evaluation approach maintains focus on the shared values held throughout the community. Learn how to use a Principles-Focused Evaluation approach for evaluating collaborative work toward equity and justice.

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Body Mapping: Measuring Well During the Swell

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
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Creative expression in nature can be empowering for vulnerable groups. There is a growing body of evidence for the benefits of “blue space.”Surf therapy can be a restorative experience, particularly for children with Autism. Body Mapping can be used to help create a richer picture of the potential health and wellbeing outcomes.

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Engaging Stakeholders about the “Wicked Problem” of Educational–Behavioral Health Disparities

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Prevention Science | Tags:
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Many important societal problems can be defined as “wicked” because they have multiple, complex causes, impact individuals in different ways, and do not lend themselves to simple solutions. Researchers should seek to collaborate with the individuals most affected by the topic under study so that any (partial) solutions to identified problems can be informed by […]

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Surf’s Up for Youth Mental Health

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Environment, Marginalized Groups, Mental Health
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Surf therapy, an emerging intervention, can increase hope among youth at-promise. Surf therapy is an effective intervention to increase positive self-identity, and feelings of safety and inclusion.

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After COVID-19: How School-Based Health Centers Can Help When Schools Re-Open

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Healthcare, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
By linking Community Psychology principles with health information, School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)s represent needed infrastructure when schools re-open after stay-at-home orders related to COVID-19.

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Critical Reflection as an Antidote for Oppression

Posted in: Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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Critical reflection is associated with lower levels of internalized oppression and higher levels of collective efficacy. It can liberate people from oppressive ideologies and empower them to resist social injustice.

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