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Research within the field of Community Psychology seeks to systematically understand and promote health and empowerment. Research in the field also works to prevent problems in communities, groups, and individuals.

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Natural Mentoring is Good for ALL Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health | Tags: ,
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Ashley Simons-Rudolph Mentoring adolescents is an important way in which communities seek to promote prosocial behavior among youth. Mentoring programs address a number of social issues including encouraging youth to finish high school, break the cycle of poverty, and avoid or delay drug and alcohol use. Perhaps the best-known mentorship strategies are formalized relationships initiated […]

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How We Can Promote “Citizenship” in Communities

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Mental Health, Public Policy | Tags: ,
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If we return to the definition of citizenship as a sense of belonging to a group, we gain an understanding of “community” as more broad than simple geographical proximity, membership, or identification with a group.

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Applying the Principles of Community Psychology in Institutions of Higher Education

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This article seeks to add a deeper understanding of the context that many first-generation minority college students have endured prior to getting to higher education, specifically the disproportionately high number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long-lasting impacts.

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Community-Based Research With Urban American Indians

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Hartmann, W. E., Wendt, D. C., Saftner, M. D., Marcus, J. D., & Momper, S. M. “Why is it important to learn about urban American Indian communities as well as reservation communities?“ Despite the 1976 Indian Health Care Improvement Act, physical and mental health disparities exist in many American Indian (AI) populations. Approximately 70% of […]

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Schools as Community Hubs in the Outskirts of Lima, Peru

Posted in: Education, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
Social network analysis can be used in the operational definition of social regularities, behavior settings, and similar ecological concepts. In the period 2015-2016 we implemented a program for the prevention of child labor in marginal areas in the outskirts of Lima, Peru.

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People of Color Experience Discrimination Within LGBT Spaces

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We examine processes of minority stress and community resilience among racially diverse sexual minority men. Our findings suggest that connection to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community plays a more central role in mediating minority stress processes for White sexual minority men than it does for sexual minority men of color.

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Campus Racial Climate for African Americans Scale

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Many institutions of higher learning regularly conduct “campus climate” surveys to assess student perceptions and concerns. For my dissertation, I created a campus racial climate measure specifically for African American college students. The goal was to develop a culturally-relevant measure for this population, basing the questions on the experiences of African American college students.

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Put a Positive Spin on Your Social Media

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Social media represents a growing portion of social movements, with the possibility to quickly and easily reach large groups of people on a global scale. Understanding how to engage and activate one’s online audience holds substantial implications for those looking to advocate for social justice.

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Technology in Our Pockets: Can You Ever Get Too Much?

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Have you felt tired at the end of a day and wondered what you actually “did?” Do you find “unplugging” and turning your phone off leaves you feeling anxious even when you are not expecting important calls or texts?

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African American and Latino Children and Adolescents Experience Race-Related Trauma in the Public Education System

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Race-related trauma is both generational and present for many African American and Latino children and adolescents in the United States. From law enforcement to the public education system, policies continue to support the devaluing of students through punitive discipline and discretionary practices. Among other negative impacts, these practices limit opportunities to gifted and college preparatory […]

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The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) - Community Psychology, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association - serves many different disciplines that focus on community research and action. Our members are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals. Visit us at scra27.org