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December 2021
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This comprehensive handbook provides community psychology approaches to addressing the key issues that impact individuals and their communities worldwide. Featuring international, interdisciplinary perspectives from leading experts, the handbook tackles critical contemporary challenges. These include climate change, immigration, educational access, healthcare, social media, wellness, community empowerment, discrimination, mental health, and many more. The chapters offer case study examples to present practical applications and to review relevant implications within diverse contexts. Throughout, the handbook considers how community psychology plays out around the world: What approaches are being used in different countries? How does political context influence the development and extension of community psychology? And what can nations learn from each other as they examine successful community psychology-based interventions? This is essential reading for researchers, students, practitioners, and policy makers involved with community well-being.


'This book is a precious source of innovative ideas, actions, and future perspectives on how to confront climate change, sexism, racism, poverty, classism, and political polarization. Don't let the size of the book scare you off… It is easy to find the topics that most interest you.'

Donata Francescato - Former Professor of Community Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, and Co-founder of the European Community Psychology Association, Italy

'Put simply: this is an integrative masterpiece of scholarship. It will benefit not only psychologists and mental health professionals, but also sociologists, policy leaders, and politicians. This handbook reviews cutting-edge issues and points a way forward.'

Joseph G. Ponterotto - Professor of Counseling Psychology, Fordham University, USA

'The editor has put together a collection authored by a diverse set of scholars that reimagines classical community psychology in light of contemporary social issues. Both critical and encouraging, it is a visionary, practical, and accessible book with a broad array of useful ideas, information, and examples.'

Julian Rappaport - Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

'This superbly constructed and timely anthology offers multiple perspectives on the use of community psychology approaches to resolving global, sociocultural issues. It is a valuable manual for practitioners and resource for laypeople who wish to be well-informed.'

Terrence J. Roberts - Congressional Gold Medal Recipient and member of the Little Rock Nine

'This handbook offers a full report on the state of the art of community psychology from a rich interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. It covers the foundational concepts, followed by an interesting perspective on ecological considerations in research and assessment.'

Christine Roland-Lévy - Professor of Social Psychology, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France

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