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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.
- 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?
PART II: COMMUNITY RESEARCH.
3. The Aims of Community Research.
4. Methods of Community Psychology Research.
PART III: UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES.
5. Understanding Individuals Within Environments.
6. Understanding Community.
7. Understanding Human Diversity.
8. Understanding Stress and Coping in Context.
PART IV: PREVENTING PROBLEM BEHAVIOR AND PROMOTING SOCIAL COMPETENCE.
9. Prevention and Promotion: Key Concepts.
10. Prevention and Promotion: Implementing Programs.
PART V: PROMOTING COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE.
11. Citizen Participation and Empowerment.
12. Community and Social Change.
13. Program Evaluation and Program Development.
14. Looking Ahead.