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  • Community Psychology - South African praxis
  • Visser M, Akhurst J, Carolissen R, Matamela N
  • ISBN: 9780627039973
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627041518
  • 494 Pages | Published: 2022

Community psychology is an applied branch of psychology that places emphasis on understanding people in their own context, and promoting their health and wellbeing within this context. It is particularly relevant in the quest to empower people to address psychosocial problems through community development. Community psychology focuses on how theories and research are used to inform practice in South Africa.

Community psychology applies theories relevant to the study of people in South Africa’s diverse multicultural environment, delving deeper into the psychosocial problems of violence and crime, poverty and unemployment, racism and xenophobia, gender-based violence/gender equity, masculinities, community trauma, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, child and adolescent mental health and the elderly in the community. It develops a new perspective on interpretation of communities, resulting in meaningful engagement which can lead to real social change.


CHAPTER 1 Community Psychology



CHAPTER 3 Social constructionism: discourses and community narratives

CHAPTER 4 Critical social theory traditions in Community Psychology

CHAPTER 5 African-centred Community Psychology

CHAPTER 6 Decolonising (Community) Psychology


SECTION 2 RESEARCH STRATEGIES CHAPTER 7 (Participatory) action research

CHAPTER 8 Research-as-social-change: activating the transformative potential of research in Community Psychology

CHAPTER 9 Implementation science

CHAPTER 10 Community social impact assessment



CHAPTER 11 Mental health services in communities in South Africa

CHAPTER 12 Prevention, promotion and empowerment

CHAPTER 13 Promoting community wellbeing at personal, relational and collective levels: a positive psychology perspective

CHAPTER 14 Peer support groups as community interventions

CHAPTER 15 Community mobilisation and social change



CHAPTER 16 HIV/AIDS and community interventions

CHAPTER 17 Substance abuse

CHAPTER 18 Violence and crime

CHAPTER 19 Gender-based violence and community wellbeing

CHAPTER 20 Masculinities: new South African men

CHAPTER 21 Poverty, unemployment and homelessness

CHAPTER 22 Racism and xenophobia in South Africa: psychological sequalae

CHAPTER 23 Community trauma

CHAPTER 24 Child and adolescent mental health: an ecological perspective


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