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Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities 3rd Edition

Bret Kloos, Jean Hill, Elizabeth Thomas, Abraham Wandersman, Maurice J. Elias, James H. Dalton

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2007, 2001
  • 608 Pages


With COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY, Kloos, Hill, Thomas, Wandersman, and Dalton have addressed the challenge of transforming an abstract, theoretical topic into a lively and understandable subject for students. Through concrete examples and consistent pedagogy, this text helps students understand the concepts as well as how to apply them. After introducing community psychology and its history, the authors describe methods of community research and discuss how to understand communities from the perspectives of sense of community, coping, and social support. The focus then shifts to community programs and actions: preventing problem behavior and promoting social competence, citizen participation, organizing for community and social change, and program evaluation and development.

Bret Kloos, University of South Carolina

Bret Kloos is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina and has been the Guest Editor of three issues of community psychology journals. His areas of interest include the social and cultural dimensions of health, social ecology, mutual support/self-help, and stress and coping.

Jean Hill, New Mexico Highlands University

Jean Hill is a Professor at New Mexico Highlands University and Secretary of the Society for Community Research and Action. Her areas of interest include feminist theory and community psychology, community-level interventions, and psychological sense of community.

Elizabeth Thomas,

Elizabeth Thomas is an Associate Professor at University of Washington Bothell and Editor Emerita of The Community Psychologist. Her areas of interest include interdisciplinary curriculum and pedagogy, community-based learning and scholarship, and participatory research methods.

Abraham Wandersman, University of South Carolina

Abraham Wandersman earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1976 and is currently a Professor at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Wandersman's areas of interest include community psychology, program evaluation, environmental and ecological psychology, citizen participation, community coalitions, and program evaluation.

Maurice J. Elias, Rutgers University

Maurice J. Elias earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Elias is a Professor for the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University, and co-developer of the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving Project. Areas of research interest include clinical, school, and community psychology particularly in the area of children, adolescents, and families; design and evaluation of preventive interventions; social, cognitive, and behavioral competence; and emotional intelligence.

James H. Dalton, Bloomsburg University

Jim Dalton is Professor of Psychology at Bloomsburg University and is in charge of the undergraduate curriculum clearinghouse for community psychology for the Society for Research in Community Psychology. He holds a bachelor's degree from King College in Tennessee and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.
  • AA stronger global perspective reflects the increasing diversity in how community psychology has developed and is practiced around the world; for instance, how parenting and self-help practices differ in various countries, or how patterns of individualism-collectivism are exhibited in family life in Mexico, Cameroon, Japan, China, and European nations. This global material, which is integrated throughout the text, is drawn from a wide range of sources including empirical findings, community change strategies, and contemporary debates.
  • This edition presents a greater emphasis on the importance of using a cultural lens to understand community problems and create programs for effecting change. Examples illustrate the advantages of culturally anchored research and approaches to intervention.
  • Expanded coverage of community psychology practice--and the people affected by community intervention--includes a unique new Community Psychology in Action feature in most chapters. Written by community psychology practitioners and others promoting social change, these first-hand narratives illustrate the book's principles and provide examples of how they can be applied.
  • The text features in-depth chapters on conceptual foundations of community psychology, human diversity, the psychological sense of community, implementation of prevention and promotion programs, and community program evaluation.
  • The authors offer excellent coverage of the scholarly literature and provide concrete examples representing the diversity in situations and programs.
  • Every chapter contains pedagogical features to enhance student understanding, including brief outlines of chapter contents, anticipatory questions to cue student interest and learning, key points, "Model Program" boxes that provide examples of programs such as Community Change Initiatives, brief exercises to apply concepts from the chapter in real life, and numbered summaries.
  • Brief exercises at the end of every chapter allow students to review the material, apply it to various scenarios, and try out ideas in their own lives and communities.
  • To further student understanding of what community psychology means in real settings, the authors look systematically at dozens of programs and citizen initiatives for enriching the quality of individual and community life. Examples include the Harlem's Children Zone, the High/Scope Perry Preschool Project for helping at-risk, poor children in early childhood, bullying prevention programs, HIV prevention, Pathways to Housing and homelessness programs, the Meyerhoff Scholars program to promote academic outcomes for minority undergraduate students, and Social-Emotional Learning programs.
  • Three to five suggested readings and website references per chapter assist students interested in further information and connect them to community resources.
1. Introducing Community Psychology.
2. How Has Community Psychology Developed?
3. The Aims of Community Research.
4. Methods of Community Psychology Research.
5. Understanding Individuals Within Environments.
6. Understanding Community.
7. Understanding Human Diversity.
8. Understanding Stress and Coping in Context.
9. Prevention and Promotion: Key Concepts.
10. Prevention and Promotion: Implementing Programs.
11. Citizen Participation and Empowerment.
12. Community and Social Change.
13. Program Evaluation and Program Development.
14. Looking Ahead.