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Community Psychologists create theories and practices to understand, prevent, and address violence in its community context. We work to help victims of violence access resources and provide opportunities for non-violent lives.

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

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Robin Jenkins, SCRA Policy Committee As I edit this article, another tragic school shooting has occurred. And perhaps even sadder were some of the quotes from students at Santa Fe High School, stating that they weren’t surprised that it happened to them because “that’s just how it is these days in schools”. It is easy […]

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

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This op-ed was first posted in “The Community Psychologist ” Used with permission. Introduction As the nation reels from another mass shooting that has killed at least 17 people and injured at least 15 more (Everytown Research, 2018), we can only face up to the harsh reality as to how preventable this shooting was–and also how […]

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Photograph of people holding sexual assault awareness signs.

Addressing a Frequent Practitioner Question Through Synthesizing Research & Practice Wisdom

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Substance Use, Violence Prevention
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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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Enhancing Social Responsibility and Prosocial Leadership to Prevent Aggression, Peer Victimization, and Emotional Problems in Elementary School Children

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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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The “Invisible War” against Sexual Assault in the Military: How Community Psychology Can Help Identify an Effective Strategy

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The United States Department of Defense (DOD) began organizational-wide sexual assault training in 2005. Holland et al. (2014) studied whether the training received predicted accurate knowledge of sexual assault resources and protocols and lower incidence of sexual assault, whether training differed across branches and ranks, and whether service members’ judgments of training effectiveness differed.

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