American Journal of Community Psychology

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American Journal of Community Psychology

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Kids Need More from School? Utilize Assistant Teachers!

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education | Tags:
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Communities across the United States are expanding early childhood education (ECE) with the goal of promoting children’s development. Considerable scholarship and policy initiatives have sought to strengthen the ECE workforce to ensure these children attend classrooms with strong teachers, but most of this work focuses exclusively on lead teachers and overlooks the role of assistant teachers. […]

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Safe, Secure, and Loved: Parent Education

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Community-led parent education focused on managing parenting stress, clarifying parenting goals, and strengthening nurturing parenting can engage and mobilize a volunteer community workforce.

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Addressing Classism in the University

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Sense of Community | Tags:
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Financial stress can have a significant impact on well-being. Colleges and universities can create opportunities for students to build empathy around social class.

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The Psychological Value of Activism

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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LGBTQ & GNC youth experience economic hardships and social stress in ways that continue to pose a threat to their health and well-being. Engaging in activist efforts can potentially improve their health in addition to furthering social change.

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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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With Racism Everywhere, What makes Youth “Engage Against the Machine?”

Posted in: Coalition Building, Marginalized Groups
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Activism is a crucial part of the democratic process. Social action can be helpful in combating the exhaustion of daily inequality.

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Demystifying Decolonialization: A Practical Example from the Classroom

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Decolonization is a process of examining and undoing unearned privilege resulting from historical and present day injustice. As a process, decolonization can push students from apathy to develop a sense of activism.

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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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Is it Any of Our Business? How Religious Leaders Understand and Respond to IPV

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What is the role of a spiritual leader in the private sphere of the home? How do church leaders address the tensions between reducing the rate of divorce, promoting family stability, and addressing the needs of church members at risk for emotional, financial, and physical violence within their families? The “holy hush” refers to a […]

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How Does Exposure to Violence During Adolescence Impact Future Orientation?

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Exposure to violence (ETV) is associated with poorer mental and physical health outcomes including mental distress, suicidal ideation, problematic behaviors, and substance abuse. Individuals with regular exposure to violence may be at higher risk of hopelessness and more likely to avoid consideration of the future in a positive way. Up to now, we haven’t known […]

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