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Principles of Community Psychology

Updated and expanded in this third edition, Principles of Community Psychology: Perspectives and Applications presents the most recent literature, empirical work, issues, and events in the field and the relevant policy debates surrounding them.

The book maintains the basic architecture of the previous edition--integrating theory, research, and practice across the diverse subject matter of community mental health and community psychology--but reduces jargon and improves clarity. Applying an ecological perspective, it places problems in
their current and historical contexts and employs a stress, coping, and social-support model as a key integrative device to analyze community mental health practice, prevention, self-help, and social action.

Principles of Community Psychology: Perspectives and Applications, 3/e, is ideal for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in community psychology, social work, and mental health.

Features of the Third Edition

behavior-environment congruence
social and physical environmental influences on behavior and well-being
the use of law to reduce stigma
organizational change, development, and learning
problems in planned change on a statewide level
political and legal events since desegregation in public schools
future problems surrounding race in public schools
making community psychology more interdisciplinary
recognizing developments in community psychology outside the United States

adaptation, crisis, coping, and social support

fundamental principles and values of community psychology
population parameters
the history of community psychology
HIV/AIDS, Project Head Start, and preventing child maltreatment
self-help/mutual assistance groups
desegregation of the public schools as a societal-level intervention
community development
science, ethics, and the future of community psychology
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Table of Contents

Preface ; Life is a Soap Opera ; The Origins of Community Psychology ; A Conceptual Road Map of Community Psychology ; The Ecological Analogy ; Five Psychological Conceptions of the Environment ; Labelling Theory: An Alternative to the Illness Model ; Adaption, Crisis, Coping, and Support ; Prevention ; Self-Help Groups ; The Problem of Change ; School Desegregation: A Societal Level Intervention ; Community Development and Socaial Action in Community ; Science Ethic, and the Future of Community Psychology

About the Author

Murray Levine is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Douglas D. Perkins is Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. David V. Perkins is Professor of Psychology at Ball State University.


"Prior to this edition, this book was unrivaled for its scope and depth of the obvious and not-so-obvious psychological implications of what American communities are: what problems they face, how they do and do not change.This edition makes clearer than previous editions that this is more than a book about the American community. It is about America."--from the foreword by Seymour B. Sarason

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