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Social Justice and Prevention
Social justice and prevention

We have no choice really. To be neutral in a situation of injustice is to have chosen sides already.

—Desmond Tutu (Tutu & Tutu, 2007, p. 8)

According to Prilleltensky and Nelson (2009), 99% of prevention interventions that are currently being implemented are individually focused, as opposed to systems focused, that is, focused on changing organizations, institutions, and structures that may contribute to or serve as obstacles to changing oppressive circumstances. Prevention specialists need to thoughtfully discern when an individually based change or intervention is needed versus one that is aimed at a change in the social context, social milieu, or social system. Hence, prevention practitioners need knowledge, skills, and increased awareness to recognize how problems are environmentally based.

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