American Journal of Community Psychology

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American Journal of Community Psychology

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Creating the Most Effective Collaborative Infrastructure

Posted in: Coalition Building, Criminal Justice, Violence Prevention
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While infrastructures can improve teams’ relationships and work, some are difficult to implement. SARTs could first focus on infrastructures that build trust and buy-in before adopting other accountability-focused infrastructures. Improving SART infrastructures can help promote SART collaboration and thereby improve survivors’ experiences.

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“Safe Space” or “Brave Space”: How GSAs can Address Intersectionality

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups
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Collective norms around race and immigration talk facilitated or impeded the extent to which these were discussed. Advisors and student leaders can embrace a “brave space” rather than a “safe space” dynamic to encourage students to participate in intersectional conversations.

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The Roles of Settings in Supporting Immigrants’ Resistance to Injustice and Oppression: A Policy Position Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action

Posted in: Immigrant Justice | Tags:
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Settings of various sizes and scopes can support immigrants’ resistance to oppression. This policy statement describes how.

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Mentors Can Help Young Adults Transition to Higher Education

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
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Natural mentors can provide young adults critical support as they transition to college or university. Colleges and universities should help students develop and maintain close relationships with mentors.

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Learning “Maleness”: Implications for Mental Health

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
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Masculinity and mental health are related, especially for adolescent boys. Findings reveal the need to support adolescent boys to resist expectations of stereotypical masculinity.

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Brief Consultation Supports Interventions

Posted in: Education
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Teachers receiving brief consultations taught more content than those who did not receive consultations. Consultation support to deliver a school-based program may need to be tailored and made briefer than is typical to fit different school contexts.

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Retiring Juvenile Detention Centers for Wrap-Around Community-Based Services

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice
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Youth are not best served in JDC environments and should be diverted to community-based and therapeutic environments whenever possible. Girls’ feedback through a confidential youth advisory process prompted systemic change better suited to meet their needs.

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Coping with Mental Illness on Tumblr

Posted in: Mental Health
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Marginalized groups use social media to build social capital and form communities. Social media can be a valuable resource for people experiencing mental illness, but the support experienced online varies among #hashtag communities on Tumblr.

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Comparing Youth Participatory Approaches

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families
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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
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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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