American Journal of Community Psychology

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American Journal of Community Psychology

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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

Posted in: Mental Health | Tags:
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How much people experience and share positive experiences varies day-to-day.and translating these experiences to resilient cognition differs person-to-person.

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

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice | Tags:
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Silence surrounding interpersonal violence among church leaders is referred to as the “holy hush.”

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How Does Exposure to Violence During Adolescence Impact Future Orientation?

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health | Tags:
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submitted by A. Simons-Rudolph 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 […]

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Letting Go: Why It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye (to our interventions)

Posted in: Prevention Science | Tags: ,
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McKay and colleagues identify criteria to decide whether to de-implement an intervention and provide structure for how that de-implementation can happen.

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Sense of Community: Let’s Build it Together!

Posted in: Sense of Community
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One of every 30 people live outside of their country of birth. Immigrants and longer-term residents often transform their sense of community—their feelings of belonging and mattering to the community, and beliefs that they will meet their needs through the community—in the new communities they share together.

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Is Community Psychology “Forever Young”? Noting and Addressing the Lack of Community Psychologists in Communities of Aging

Posted in: Aging, History of Community Psychology | Tags:
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submitted by Elizabeth Kirkwood Between the years 2005 to 2050, the global population of older persons (over age 65) is expected to increase 113%. In continents such as Asia and Africa, the increase is expected to exceed 268% and 307%, respectively. Considering women constitute a majority of the aging population, they may be at an […]

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Incarceration of Undocumented Families: A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Immigrant Justice, Public Policy
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Jessica Chicco, Patricia Esparza, M. Brinton Lykes, Fabricio E. Balcazar and Kevin Ferreira On April 5th Antonio Puente, President of the APA, sent a letter to the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security raising concerns about the current policies regarding the incarceration of migrant families. That letter was based largely on the SCRA Statement. EXECUTIVE […]

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Natural Mentoring is Good for ALL Youth

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Natural mentors can promote a sense of belonging and prosocial behavior in youth and may be more easily implementable than formalized mentorships.

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