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.

How Specific Police Biases Influence Criminal Investigations of Rape

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups
In 2009, about 11,000 sexual assault evidence collection kits were found in a police storage facility in a large, predominately Black Midwestern city. The majority of these kits had never been tested by a crime laboratory, meaning the potential evidence therein could not be used to investigate and prosecute the sexual assault. This begs the […]

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Oxford House Shows Promise in Maintaining Sobriety

Posted in: Housing, Mental Health, Substance Use | Tags:
When 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.

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En los Orígenes de la Psicología Positive

Posted in: Blog, History of Community Psychology | Tags:
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Re-published with author’s permission in e-voluntas Historias de psicología comunitaria Marie Jahoda es conocida por su estudio sobre el impacto psicológico del desempleo en una pequeña comunidad en la década de 1930. El trabajo de investigación que llevó a cabo en Marienthal, en los alrededores de Viena, mostró que el paro afecta a la estructuración del tiempo […]

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Family Detention of Undocumented Immigrants: We Can Do Better

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
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a summary of the Incarceration of Undocumented Families: A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association  from Rachel Storace “The current U.S. immigration policies and their enforcement have detrimental effects on migrant adults, children, families, and communities” In March of 2016, the Society for Community Research and […]

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What is Swampscott and Why is it Important?

Posted in: History of Community Psychology
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“It was an exciting time… They [Swampscott conference participants] wanted to intervene in social problems that were not explicitly mental health in nature, and that’s why they talked about becoming “social change agents” – a vision that was a sea change for American psychology.”

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Creating a Student Veteran Resource Center

Posted in: Education, Veterans | Tags: ,
In this participatory action research study, student veterans at a small midwestern community college collaborated to develop engaging programs and resources for veterans transitioning from soldier to student. Most notably, the veteran group worked with college administration as well as veteran organizations and community partners to develop a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) on campus.

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Photograph of people in a park in New York City

How Keeping Up With the Joneses (or at least living next door) Can Be Good for Your Health

Posted in: Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Can the income-level of the people we share our neighborhoods with affect our health? Does the income-level of our neighbors shape how we perceive our own social status?

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Using Photovoice as a Community-Building Tool

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Sense of Community
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Photovoice increased the level of psychological sense of community and the wish for future participation in a group of teenagers who live in a vulnerable, multicultural neighborhood in southern Spain.

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Strengthening Schools by Building Community Partnerships with Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health Services, and Family Supports

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Education | Tags:
Judith Meyers, Jeana Bracey, and Jeffery Vanderploeg, with Ashley Simons-Rudolph “By diverting youth from juvenile justice involvement and connecting them to resources that address the underlying issues that contribute to challenging behaviors, there is a triple benefit of better outcomes for youth, better outcomes for schools, and significant cost savings.” The Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative […]

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Enhancing Social Responsibility and Prosocial Leadership to Prevent Aggression, Peer Victimization, and Emotional Problems in Elementary School Children

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Violence Prevention | Tags:
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The researchers evaluate the WITS Program (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help), which provides student, parents, and school administrators a common language to encourage prosocial behavior.

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