Heather M. Bauer, Olya Glantsman, Lauren Hochberg, Carleigh Turner & Leonard Jason
The field of Community Psychology is approximately 50 years old, and it has become an active and invigorating source of ideas (e.g., prevention, ecological theory, sense of community, empowerment, participatory-based research, providing care to marginalized populations, etc.) for the overall field of Psychology. However, many undergraduates have never heard of this discipline in part because introductory Psychology textbooks are not providing adequate coverage of this field. The current study examined 53 introductory Psychology textbooks, published between 2010 and 2016, for their coverage of the field of Community Psychology.Read more...
Sara Schlemper, Julie Kapp, Sofia Campos, Riyad Haq, & Eduardo Simoes
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program provides comprehensive early childhood services.Federal agencies emphasize coordination of stakeholders for systems-building. Designing a well-coordinated system is complex. We reviewed MIECHV’s literature and program documents to identify community-coordination infrastructure elements, and designed visual frameworks for each model to display infrastructure, components, and connections. In the collective impact model, relevant community stakeholders actively and collaboratively participate in service coordination. Visual frameworks allow stakeholders to align on process and infrastructure of their programs to facilitate planning activities, use these frameworks to identify whether the model under which they operate is ideal, and then evolve their infrastructure.Read more...
Alcohol use is implicated in 50 to 70% of campus sexual assaults (Abbey, 2002; Carr & VanDeusen, 2004; Krebs et al., 2009). This intersection of sexual assault and alcohol on campus has led to great interest in alcohol’s role in sexual assault. While guidance from organizations ranging from the American College Health Association to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to the Centers for Disease Control recommends that campuses address this intersection, there is limited concrete guidance as to how campus practitioners should actually do so. To address this critical gap, my colleagues and I are completing a study that uses an interdisciplinary community participatory approach to synthesize the best available research and practice wisdom on this topic. There are four aspects of our approach that may be useful to others.Read more...
As we close out 2017 and prepare for what will come in 2018, the need for community psychology looms large. And yet, knowledge of community psychology and the many ways it is practiced, defined, and understood continues to struggle for prominence.
The SCRA Community Mini-Grants was founded in 2010 with the intention of supporting small, time sensitive community-based projects that are consistent with SCRA’s mission, principles and goals. We are excited about sharing the great work being done by SCRA members and their community partners, and even happier to be able to highlight examples of this work and share them with the GJCPP readership. Below, 2015 Mini-Grant awardee Nghi Thai and her research team member, Sara Berry, provide insight on their work surrounding the Summer Enrichment Experience program in New Britain, Connecticut.
Our nation is at a critical point for action. With the US president and administration denying, withdrawing, and negating marginalized populations’ rights and experiences, people across the country are organizing to counteract these ill-informed initiatives.