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Here we showcase a sample of current research conducted within and about communities.

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Learning “Maleness”: Implications for Mental Health

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health | Tags:
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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

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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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Coping with Mental Illness on Tumblr

Posted in: Mental Health | Tags:
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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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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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Lessons Learned from a Family-Based Intervention for Court-Involved Girls

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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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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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Integrating Youth in Community Based Participatory Research

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Meaningfully engaging youth in research, evaluation, and practice is important. We examined the value of Youth GO as an emerging participatory qualitative method to engage youth in collecting and analyzing data.

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