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American Journal of Community Psychology

Decision Tree for the Range of Youth Participatory Approaches

Comparing Youth Participatory Approaches

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families | Tags:
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There are many commonalities among Community-Psychology-informed youth participatory approaches. However, approaches differ on the level of emphasis on research to inform action, how much decision-making power young people have throughout the process, and the role and power of adults.

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Recovery from Substance Abuse: We are as Successful as Those around Us

Posted in: Housing, Substance Use | Tags:
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The social environment may be a more important influence on substance abuse recovery than previously recognized. Recovery can be strongly influenced by others with whom the recovering individual has regular social contact, whether for good or for bad.

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Gender-Informed Programming for Incarcerated Girls

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice | Tags:
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Treatments and programs in the juvenile justice system may not work as well for girls as they do for boys. Rehabilitation programs must be understood in context including different program format types (individual, group, family) and program emphases (cognitive, behavioral, family systems).

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Social Action Challenging Privilege and Oppression: How Emerging Adults Decide What to Do and When

Posted in: Sense of Community | Tags:
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Emerging adults reflect on social issues broadly and think critically about how and when to become involved in action. This work can inform strategies to engage individuals in social justice efforts aimed at creating social change across the life-span.

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Activism is Powerful for LGBT Folks

Posted in: Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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People who identify as LGBT are more likely to experience psychological distress than their heterosexual peers. Participating in LGBT-related civic and advocacy may foster connection among LGBT people, which may in turn support their well-being.

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Theater: Engaging in Critical Thinking about Social Justice

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Using visual and creative methods, we can engage people in thinking about social justice and their place and responsibilities within it. Art can be an engaging way to encourage people with privilege to work towards social justice.

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Lessons Learned from a Family-Based Intervention for Court-Involved Girls

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice | Tags:
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Family-based interventions have the potential to reduce recidivism in girls. Contextual factors such as poverty, an unstructured home life, domestic violence, and neglect must be addressed in successful interventions.

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The HEAL Lab: Healing Health Inequity Together

Posted in: Healthcare, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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Critical Conscious-ness Theory and Community Based Participatory Results can help communities address health disparities. The HEAL lab provides a support network and engages diverse stakeholders in critical reflection as they participate in research to advance health equity.

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Addressing the Social Determinants of Health with CBPR

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Prevention Science | Tags:
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Differential access to social, economic, and environmental supports puts communities at risk for disparities in health and well‐being. CBPR is a promising approach to address the social determinants of health.

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Juvenile Offenders in Context: How Their Worldviews Impact their Actions

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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Juvenile offending is not simply the outgrowth of “poor choices”. Rather, antisocial behavior may reflect adolescents’ views of unfairness and injustice within the legal system and the world at large.

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