Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities / Edition 3

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Learn through application with COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY! Featuring concrete examples and numerous study tools, this psychology text helps you understand the concepts and then provides opportunities for you to apply them. Brief outlines of chapter content, anticipatory questions, key points, brief exercises, summaries, and self tests are just a few of the tools that will help you succeed in this course. Programs and citizen initiatives for enriching the quality of individual and community life—such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the San Francisco Depression Prevention Project—show you what community psychology means in the real world. At the end of each chapter, you will find website references to model or recommended projects that connect you to community resources.

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Editorial Reviews

A textbook for upper level undergraduate students introducing the field of community psychology by linking theory to illustrative models and exercises. The authors describe methods of community research and discuss how to understand communities from ecological, diversity, sense of community, coping, social support perspectives. The focus then shifts to community programs and actions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111352578
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/25/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 316,249
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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 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 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 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 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.

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Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCING COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY. 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.

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