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Principles of Community Psychology: Perspectives and Applications

Principles of Community Psychology: Perspectives and Applications
Author: Murray Levine - Douglas D. Perkins - David V. Perk
ISBN 13: 9780195144178
ISBN 10: 195144171
Edition: 3
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2004-08-12
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 542
List Price: $141.95

Updated and expanded in this third edition, Principles of Community Psychology: Perspectives and Applications presents the most recent literature, empirical work, issues, and events in the field and the relevant policy debates surrounding them.

The book maintains the basic architecture of the previous edition—integrating theory, research, and practice across the diverse subject matter of community mental health and community psychology—but reduces jargon and improves clarity. Applying an ecological perspective, it places problems in their current and historical contexts and employs a stress, coping, and social-support model as a key integrative device to analyze community mental health practice, prevention, self-help, and social action.

Principles of Community Psychology: Perspectives and Applications, 3/e, is ideal for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in community psychology, social work, and mental health.

Features of the Third Edition


·behavior-environment congruence

·social and physical environmental influences on behavior and well-being

·the use of law to reduce stigma

·organizational change, development, and learning

·problems in planned change on a statewide level

·political and legal events since desegregation in public schools

·future problems surrounding race in public schools

·making community psychology more interdisciplinary

·recognizing developments in community psychology outside the United States



·adaptation, crisis, coping, and social support


·fundamental principles and values of community psychology

·population parameters

·the history of community psychology

·HIV/AIDS, Project Head Start, and preventing child maltreatment

·self-help/mutual assistance groups

·desegregation of the public schools as a societal-level intervention

·community development

·science, ethics, and the future of community psychology