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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.

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

Posted in: Mental Health | Tags:
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

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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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Oxford House Shows Promise in Maintaining Sobriety

Posted in: Housing, Mental Health, Substance Use | Tags:
When an individual struggling with a substance abuse disorder has been discharged from inpatient treatment, they usually leave with an aftercare plan. Aftercare can include many options such as attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, coming in once a week to see a therapist, or moving into a recovery home.

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Creating a Student Veteran Resource Center

Posted in: Education, Veterans | Tags: ,
In this participatory action research study, student veterans at a small midwestern community college collaborated to develop engaging programs and resources for veterans transitioning from soldier to student. Most notably, the veteran group worked with college administration as well as veteran organizations and community partners to develop a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) on campus.

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How Keeping Up With the Joneses (or at least living next door) Can Be Good for Your Health

Posted in: Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Can the income-level of the people we share our neighborhoods with affect our health? Does the income-level of our neighbors shape how we perceive our own social status?

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Enhancing Social Responsibility and Prosocial Leadership to Prevent Aggression, Peer Victimization, and Emotional Problems in Elementary School Children

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Violence Prevention | Tags:
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The researchers evaluate the WITS Program (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help), which provides student, parents, and school administrators a common language to encourage prosocial behavior.

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Sustaining Evidence-Based Prevention Interventions and Community Coalitions

Posted in: Coalition Building, Prevention Science | Tags:
What is left after the funding ends, staff leave, and programming decreases?  Can we build coalitions that survive and even thrive after the research study?  The answer is a resounding “yes!” We provide some key elements of sustainable coalition building.

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The “Invisible War” against Sexual Assault in the Military: How Community Psychology Can Help Identify an Effective Strategy

Posted in: Veterans, Violence Prevention | Tags:
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The United States Department of Defense (DOD) began organizational-wide sexual assault training in 2005. Holland et al. (2014) studied whether the training received predicted accurate knowledge of sexual assault resources and protocols and lower incidence of sexual assault, whether training differed across branches and ranks, and whether service members’ judgments of training effectiveness differed.

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Listening is Key When Working with Juvenile Offenders and Their Families

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice | Tags:
Youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system are at increased risk for a range of negative outcomes. With early interventions, such as Juvenile Drug Court (JDC), long-term outcomes are likely to improve.

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Lab as Family: Creating Kinship Networks on Campus for Community-Based Work

Posted in: Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
Students exist within and in between larger structures that often shape the path of their educational experiences and success. Appreciating their ecological context helps us to understand that the success of our students lies in the responsibility of the student as well as the mentor (faculty, staff, and administrator) of the campus they attend.

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