American Journal of Community Psychology

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American Journal of Community Psychology

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Paying Time After Time: The Costs of Criminal Record Stigma

Posted in: Criminal Justice | Tags:
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Perceived stigma is common among people with criminal records. We can reduce criminal record stigma and discrimination and provide work and social opportunities to enhance quality of life post-incarceration.

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Engaging Stakeholders about the “Wicked Problem” of Educational–Behavioral Health Disparities

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Prevention Science | Tags:
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Many important societal problems can be defined as “wicked” because they have multiple, complex causes, impact individuals in different ways, and do not lend themselves to simple solutions. Researchers should seek to collaborate with the individuals most affected by the topic under study so that any (partial) solutions to identified problems can be informed by […]

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Critical Reflection as an Antidote for Oppression

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Critical reflection is associated with lower levels of internalized oppression and higher levels of collective efficacy. It can liberate people from oppressive ideologies and empower them to resist social injustice.

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Learn from Our Mistakes: Challenges and Opportunities in Randomized Housing-First Communities

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Prevention Science
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Buy-in and trust with organization- and policy-level stakeholders is crucial. Tensions between organizational culture and the research protocol should be addressed, such as reluctance to support a randomized design.

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Don’t Start and End with ACEs: How Protective Factors Explain Youth Health

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
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Protective factors can mitigate the impact of ACEs and are just as important to understand a child’s physical and emotional health.

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Community-Based Participatory Research is Authentic and Actionable

Posted in: Coalition Building, Prevention Science
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Consumers collaborate with researchers in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) to create data that is authentic, useful, and can directly impact service delivery systems. The process is time intensive and can be challenging. Including consumer researchers as partners is essential to understand the experience of receiving services and the impact of those services when considering improvements.

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Faith, Conservatism, and Discrimination

Posted in: Marginalized Groups
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Despite significant strides for sexual and gender minority (SGM) rights in the United States, there continues to be opposition to these rights from many conservative Christians and political conservatives. This study advances the understanding of how unawareness of Christian privilege and support for Christian hegemony help to explain the association between Christian and political conservatism and […]

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Schools Can Do More to Help Students with Trauma Histories

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Most school programs are individual and group-based interventions. Classroom-based and school-wide programs remain largely untested yet remain promising.

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Autochthony: Focusing on Community Values and Practices Can Support Immigrant Integration

Posted in: Immigrant Justice, Marginalized Groups
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Autochthony [aw-tok-thon-ey] is a sense of belonging originating from historical nativeness. The idea that “we were the first to arrive” promotes the emergence of a sense of ownership, which may have a negative impact on newcomer migrant groups.

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood-Which One?

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
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Youth may define their neighborhood differently than where they reside and may feel greater community engagement and ownership in the neighborhood that hosts their activities. Interventions can more effectively target youth within their perceived community space.

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