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Dalton, Elias, and Wandersman have answered the challenge of taking an abstract, theoretical topic and making it lively and understandable with concrete examples so students can understand the concepts and be excited. The authors do this through consistent pedagogy across the book, and most importantly, create opportunities for students to practice applying these concepts, bringing them alive for students. After introducing community psychology and its history, the authors describe methods of community research, and discuss how to understand communities from the perspectives of ecological diversity, sense of community, coping, and social support. The focus then shift to community programs and actions: preventing problem behavior and promoting social competence, citizen participation, organizing for community an social change, and program evaluation and development.
Part One: INTRODUCING COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY. 1. What Is Community Psychology? 2. How Did Community Psychology Develop? Part Two: COMMUNITY RESEARCH. 3. The Aims of Community Research. 4. The Methods of Community Research. Part Three: UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES. 5. Understanding Ecology: Individuals Within Environments. Interchapter Exercise: Assessing Environments. 6. Understanding Human Diversity. 7. Understanding Sense of Community. 8. Understanding Coping and Social Support. Interchapter Exercise: Mapping Your Social Support Network. Part Four: PREVENTION AND PROMOTION: KEY CONCEPTS. 10. Prevention and Promotion: Current and Future Applications. 11. Prevention and Promotion: Implementing Programs. Interchapter Exercise: Touring the Prevention/Promotion Literature. Part Five: COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 12. Citizen Participation and Empowerment. 13. Organizing for Community and Social Change. Interchapter Exercise: A Community Coalition. 14. Program Evaluation and Program Development. Interchapter Exercise: Planning and Evaluating a Community Program. 15. Looking Back, Looking Ahead.