Community Psychology is an applied branch of psychology that strives to promote the health and wellbeing of people in various contexts. This discipline is of particular relevance in South Africa, where excellent infrastructure and meaningful pockets of wealth coexist with extremely poor communities experiencing specific social and psychological issues. Community Psychology in South Africa presents the depth and width of the field of Community Psychology in its quest to eradicate psychosocial problems and empower people through community development.
This book considers the theoretical foundations of the field and how these theories can be applied to understanding psychosocial problems within the multicultural South African context.
Psychosocial problems discussed in the book include the following:
- Health promotion
- Mental health
- Substance abuse
- Crime and violence
- Violence towards women and children
- Interracial relationships
This second edition has been updated to include recent developments, especially regarding cultural awareness.
Community Psychology in South Africa is aimed at experienced
psychologists, professionals dealing with community
development and the wellbeing of individuals and
communities, as well as students of social sciences.
PART A INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1 Community Psychology
PART B THEORETICAL APPROACHES
Chapter 2 Systems theory
Chapter 3 Social constructionism
Chapter 4 Critical approaches in Community Psychology
Chapter 5 African Cosmology, Psychology and community
PART C RESEARCH AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
Chapter 6 The research perspective
Chapter 7 Consultation
Chapter 8 Social support as a community resource
Chapter 9 Prevention and empowerment
Chapter 10 Cultural and cross-cultural psychology
Chapter 11 Managing community interventions
PART D THEMES AND CONTEXTS OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
Chapter 12 Health and health promotion
Chapter 13 Mental health - interaction with social forces
Chapter 14 Interventions in the context of HIV/AIDS
Chapter 15 Substance abuse
Chapter 16 Poverty and inequality
Chapter 17 Violence against women and children
Chapter 18 Crime and violence
Chapter 19 Race and intergroup relationships
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