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Sense of Community

A psychological sense of community is a term intended to describe the experience and feeling of a community rather than a description of its structure and rules. This psychological sense of being is one of the foundational concepts in the field of Community Psychology.

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Improving After-School Programming

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We can improve the effectiveness of afterschool programs by setting high expectations for youth, encouraging staff teamwork and engagement, and providing opportunities for staff to personally identify with youth they are serving.

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Time Well Spent (in communities)

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Advance beyond traditional methods of psychology by recording the contexts in which they are embedded.

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What is Life Like in an Immigrant Detention Center?

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The inhumanity of detention has far reaching effects on communities outside of the detention facility.

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Community Psychology in the Cloud: How One CP Practitioner Uses the Practice Competencies to Work in Everyone’s Community

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Community Psychologists work in online communities too! Nicole Freund interviews Jessica Drum about how her degree in Community Psychology enriches Facebook communities.

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How to Use Feedback Loops to Engage your Community

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Involving marginalized voices in the community can be difficult. The Feedback Loop process is one way to more authentically engage more folks.

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Just Living is Not Enough: Community Gardens Promote Life and Connection to Others

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In an increasingly fractured world, we search for visceral places to make human contact. Working together on a shared goal increases a sense of community by way of enhancing a person’s individual happiness. It’s a classic win-win! Sure, community gardens promote “feel good” spaces detoxing us from traffic and urban sprawl by enticing our spirits […]

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Why Chatting with your Best Friend about how much Fun you had at the Party is Good for You and Your Community’s Health

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It is intuitive that social support and positive interactions within communities are linked to better physical and emotional health for individual community members. However, we have not be able to say, from a research standpoint, how or why this is the case. In Sharing Positive Experiences Boosts Resilient Thinking: Everyday Benefits of Social Connection and […]

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Do Others Understand Us? – Dr. Chris Keys, Dr. Crystal Steltenpohl, Kevin Ryan & Jordan Reed

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On this episode of RadioActive I bring you the Online Technologies Lab researchers who shared their work on Online Fighting Game Communities.

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Sense of Community: Let’s Build it Together!

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Immigration policy is debated around the globe. Xenophobia abounds. Yet, one of every 30 people live outside of their country of birth. Immigrants and longer-term residents often transform their sense of community—their feelings of belonging and mattering to the community, and beliefs that they will meet their needs through the community—in the new communities they […]

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Unintended Consequences of Community Partnerships

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Good intentions are never enough. Sometimes, there are unintended consequences of our community partnerships.

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