Synopses & Reviews
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.
Learn through application with COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY! Through 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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -473) and indexes.
About the Author
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, a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, and he currently teaches at Bloomsburg University.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.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.
Table of Contents
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.