Carmencita Serino, Daniele Morciano, Anna Fausta Scardigno, & Amelia Manuti
This paper provides an accounting for a repertoire of “good practices” experienced in the south of Italy, which have been read with theoretical and methodological lenses borrowed from social community psychology as well as sociology. The discussion provides two case studies (Diffused Guest House and Urban Laboratories) which are both representative in terms of social participation as well as in terms of social capital enhancement.Read more...
R. Contreras, J. Alvarez, J. DiGangi, LA Jason, L. Sklansky, I. Mileviciute, E. Navarro, D. Gomez, S. Rodriguez, R. Luna, R. Lopez, S. Rivera, G. Padilla, R. Albert, S. Salamanca, & F. Ponziano
Latinos often do not seek substance abuse services, and this might be correlated to the lack of culturally-modified substance abuse treatment approaches. Oxford House is the largest self-help residential recovery program in the U.S., yet few Latinos are among their current residents. In an effort to change this, bilingual-bicultural recovery homes were recently developed for Latinos. This article describes the process in opening these bilingual-bicultural houses and how sociocultural factors such as the family, simpatía, and gender roles impacted the living environment of these houses.Read more...
Lisa Armstrong, Colleen Loomis, & Esperanza Mairena-Torres
Graduate programs aim to train future researchers and practitioners in the values, skills and tools of their trade. This paper reports on the experiences of a graduate student, a youth co-researcher and a faculty supervisor while conducting thesis research within a community psychology master’s degree program.Read more...
Scotney D. Evans
This paper draws on examples and stories to offer five basic assumptions for a humble model of community leadership. First, community leaders are agents of change. Second, community leaders are driven by a set of core ideals and principles of community action. Third, having or acquiring technical leadership skills or a formal position is not enough to make one an effective and transforming leader in communities. Fourth, leadership in communities is more complex and beyond the efforts of any one individual charismatic leader. Lastly, community leadership is praxis – action informed by practical wisdom and theory that is consciously reflected on in order to generate learning and new action.Read more...
Jessica Collura and Shepherd Zeldin
Youth-adult partnership (Y-AP) is a powerful strategy of organizational improvement and community change. When youth and adults participate in collective decision-making and action, communities and organizations can ensure the needs of all stakeholders are met. In fact, research demonstrates that intergenerational partnerships benefit youth development and adult competency and confidence. Moreover, organizations and communities gain a greater capacity to respond, through policy and program, to the critical interests, concerns and priorities of young people.
by Niki Harré
Reviewed by Judah Viola
In this book, Harré culls literature from a variety of disciplines (e.g., social psychology, perception, community psychology, positive psychology, cross cultural psychology, learning and development etc…), making clear for the reader how recent developments in research and theory can be interpreted and applied to sustainability at the individual, group, and systems levels.Read more...