Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities

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Thomson Wadsworth, 2007 - Psychology - 595 pages
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Dalton, Elias, and Wandersman have answered 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 and provides opportunities for students to apply the concepts. 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.

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Community Research
Understanding Communities
Preventing Problem Behavior and Promoting

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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.

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Rutgers University.

Abraham Wandersman (Ph.D Cornell University) is Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina, where he teaches environmental and ecological psychology, community psychology, and program evaluation. His research interests include citizen participation in community development and mental health, program evaluation and accountability, and prevention and health promotion. He is the co-author of a number of health promotion reports for the RAND Corporation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is the author (with J. Dalton and M. Elias) of Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities (Second Edition, Wadsworth, 2007), and editor (with David Fetterman and Shakeh Kaftarian) of Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment and Accountability (SAGE, 1996).

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