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This third book in the Prevention Practice Kit introduces the topics of social justice and cultural relevance in prevention practice—and increasingly important trend in the 21st century. Covering a wide range of research in this field, the authors skillfully help the readers understand, design, and implement social justice-driven, culturally relevant prevention efforts.

The book presents concrete examples of programs that attempt to address issues of social injustice and cultural relevance. These examples are based on the authors' real world experiences engaging in culturally responsive prevention guided by a social justice agenda. The reader will have opportunities for conversation about some of the more challenging aspects of infusing social justice and cultural relevance into one's prevention efforts, and includes a series of learning exercises to promote these ...

Introduction
Introduction

Social justice and cultural relevance have become increasingly popular topics in the prevention literature. Scholarship on these topics is also becoming more commonplace throughout the gamut of mental health professions, suggesting that an agenda that includes social justice and cultural relevance may be a significant trend in the 21st century. This trend is long overdue for reasons that will be explored throughout this volume. However, understanding the importance of social justice and cultural relevance to the field of prevention begins with a delineation of the ways in which these concepts have been defined in the existing mental health literature.

A variety of definitions of social justice exist, most of which emphasize ideals of equity and liberty (Stevens & Wood, 1992), but a frequently cited definition ...

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