Community Psychology

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/5/2013
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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The concepts, research and applications emerging from the field of community psychology.


Community Psychology, 5/e focuses on the prevention of problems, the promotion of well-being, empowerment of members within a community, the appreciation of diversity, and an ecological model for the understanding of human behavior. Attention is paid to both “classic” early writings and the most recent journal articles and reviews by today’s practitioners and researchers. Historical and alternative methods of effecting social change are explored in this book, with the overall theme that the environment is as important as the individual in it.


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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Understand the historical and contemporary principles of community psychology.
  • Apply theory and research to social services, mental health, health, legal, and public health systems

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Author Biography

John Moritsugu received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He is Professor of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A co-editor of the text Preventive Psychology, he has also been on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Community Psychology, the Journal of Community Psychology, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Divisions 1 (General Psychology), 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues).

Frank Y. Wong, Ph.D. is a social psychologist in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University . His expertise is in community-based research on HIV-related risk behaviors and alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) use/abuse among racial/ethnic and under-served populations. Dr. Wong currently has multiple NIH-funded R01 grants supporting his research programs. His NIH-funded research focuses on social epidemiology as well as prevention of ATOD and HIV targeting migrant and/or non-indigenous populations and sexual minorities and the effects of migration on ATOD use/ abuse and HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in the U.S. and China. He also has conducted and published research in South Africa.

Karen Duffy holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University. She is a Distinguished Service Professor — Emerita from State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Duffy taught community psychology for many years as well as social psychology and psychology of personality. She instituted and directed the service learning program at her college. She won two Fulbright Fellowships to St. Petersburg State University in Russia where she taught both community psychology and community mediation. She still teaches in Russia and continues her award-winning community service projects in the United States, Russia, and other countries, most recently Mongolia.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Introduction to Community Psychology

Chapter 2: Scientific Research Methods

Chapter 3: Stress, coping social support and Resilience

Chapter 4: The Importance of Social Change

Chapter 5: Community Intervention Strategies

Chapter 6: The mental health System

Chapter 7: Social and Human Services in the Community

Chapter 8: Schools, Children, and Communities

Chapter 9: Law, Crime, and The Community

Chapter 10: The Health Care System

Chapter 11: Community Health and Preventive Medicine

Chapter 12: Community/Organizational Psychology

Chapter 13: The Future of Community Psychology

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