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Richard L. Miller

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 94: Community Psychology

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Community Psychology
Community psychology

Community Psychology is a branch of psychology that examines the ways individuals interact with other individuals, social groups, societal institutions, the larger culture, and the environment. The focus is on how individuals and communities can work together to provide a healthy and sustainable environment. Because of its applied focus, it is different from other areas of psychology in a number of ways, including areas of interest, research methods used, level of analysis employed, and the nature of the interventions that are developed. Community psychology is concerned with social institutions, social issues, and social problems. Research in community psychology explores such topics as poverty, substance abuse, school failure, homeless-ness, empowerment, diversity, delinquency, aggression, and violence.

Unlike many other branches of psychology, community psychology makes ...

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