American Journal of Community Psychology

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American Journal of Community Psychology

Indigenous Culture and Wellness: Healing and Wellbeing in the face of Colonization

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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Indigenous Peoples are revitalizing our culture and way of life, improving our ability to self-heal. When accounting for an individual’s cultural efficacy in our study, cultural engagement was related to lower levels of anxiety and was significantly related to flourishing mental wellbeing.

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Resisting State Sanctioned Violence: A Toolkit for Community Organizers

Posted in: Coalition Building, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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Marginalized communities have long persisted in the work toward liberation despite continued state-sanctioned violence (SSV). We created a toolkit for organizers, community members, allies, and mental health professionals who want to build individual and community resilience while resisting SSV. We aimed to support marginalized communities through making psychological literature accessible and relevant to community-based through […]

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Importance of Social Supports to Resiliency for Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Housing, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Informal supports are an important sources of resilience for low-income families who may be excluded from or are reluctant to engage with formal social systems. Social ties can help households withstand threats to their living arrangements and may be a powerful tool in disrupting pathways to behavior problems among teens.

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Using Storyboarding to Train School Staff to Deliver Mental Health Interventions

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Storyboarding can creatively engage families to share their experiences with mental health problems. Community-engaged tools such as storyboarding can be used to increase awareness and reduce stigma of maternal depression among staff training to deliver family-focused mental health programs in schools.

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Double-Edged Policy? Consequences of the COVID-19-Related Eviction Moratorium

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Eviction moratoriums like the one enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic may have different consequences on housing instability. More work is needed to develop policies to protect the unstably housed in cases of natural emergencies.

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Bystanders Respond to Microaggressions to Develop Welcoming and Inclusive Workplaces

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Repeated exposure to micro-aggressions can have a negative impact on psychological and physical health. Expanding collective organizational capacity to address bias in respectful ways (by promoting active bystanders) has been shown to have an empowering impact and to foster more equitable workplaces.

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Support for Evidence-Based Mentoring for Youth in Foster Care

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Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) is one of very few evidence-based youth mentoring interventions for youth in foster care. FHF has positive effects on youth in foster care and improves the mental health of children with varied relational histories.

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Online Youth Mentoring: Creating a Safe and Comfortable Space can Result in Meaningful Digital Connections

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The individual effort of youth mentors during the COVID-19 pandemic showed commitment and intentionality. Mentoring programs can develop emergency plans (like moving to digital operations) to prepare for unexpected events with the intention of ensuring continuous support for mentees.

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CounterStorytelling as Radical Inclusion and Resistance

Posted in: Anti-Racism, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy | Tags:
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Miya people in Northeast India are actively resisting state violence. The Miya Community Research Collective supports counterstorytelling; making space for the Miya people to claim their identities and assert their rights.

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Marginalized LGBTQ Identities and the Minority Stress Theory

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Youth exposed to a greater number of minority stress experiences are among those at highest risk for attempting suicide. Disproportionate exposure among marginalized members of the LGBTQ community highlight the need for suicide prevention to prioritize those at greatest risk.

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