Community Psychology: Annotated Bibliography

Based on a paper by Misty Smith originally published fro PSY 442 at Southern New Hampshire University.

Community Psychology Annotated Bibliography

Bond, M. A. (2016). Leading the way on diversity: Community psychology’s evolution from invisible to individual to contextual. American Journal Of Community Psychology58(3-4), 259-268.

doi:10.1002/ajcp.12083

The article titled ‘Leading the way on diversity: Community psychology’s evolution from invisible to individual to contextual’ was written by Dr. Meg A. Bond of the Department of Psychology and Center for Women & Work, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA. Dr. Bond received her Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology in 1983 from the University of Oregon, an MA in Clinical Psychology in 1976 from the University of Oregon, and a BA in Psychology in 1974 from Stanford University (University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2017). 

In the article, Dr. Bond details how Community Psychology has been successful in helping to establish diversity within the various social settings. Furthermore, Dr. Bond discusses her vision for the upcoming generations of Community Psychology and the role Community Psychology will play within the field of diversity based on specific motifs. She describes how the Community Psychologists will lead the field of bringing social justice to those who have faced prejudice in relation to gender, race, sexual orientation, and others. Furthermore, she suggests changes such as no longer classifying people into set groups, as that creates a need to identify with a singular group which may not be in relation to the individual’s true identity. Next, she suggests that people should focus on individual similarities instead of differences, as to bring more people together. Finally, she ends with reiterating the need to broaden the way communities see gender and their policies surrounding gender; for example, studying how communities profile genders such as all birth-female or all birth-male sports teams instead of gender-neutral policies.

Students of Community Psychology should find the article ‘Leading the way on diversity: Community psychology’s evolution from invisible to individual to contextual’ as they start on their journey to a fulfilling career as a Community Psychology professional. Diversity surrounding gender has been emerging rapidly in society and have caused many diversions within the fabric of modern society. Community Psychology helps various communities whether geographical or non-location based come together over shared beliefs or compromises that benefit the group as a whole without harming any one individual. The suggestions Dr. Bond puts forth should help students understand the areas of Community Psychology that should be studied for changes; with possible solutions for change.

Campbell, R. (2016). ‘It’s the way that you do it’: Developing an ethical framework for community psychology research and action. American Journal Of Community Psychology58(3-4), 294

302. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12037

The article titled ‘It’s the way that you do it’: Developing an ethical framework for community psychology research and action’ was written by Dr. Rebecca Campbell. Dr. Campbell is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University in 1996, an MA in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University in 1993, and a BS in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude w/ Departmental Distinction from the University of Illinois in 1991(Michigan State University, 2017). Dr. Campbell has written several articles including ‘The national problem of untested sexual assault kits (SAKs): Scope, causes, and future directions for research, policy, and practice’, ‘Should rape kit testing be prioritized by victim-offender relationship? An empirical comparison of forensic testing outcomes for stranger and non-stranger sexual assaults’, among others (Michigan State University, 2017). 

In the article, Dr. Campbell describes how Community Psychology was founded as a means to help bring diversity into place. She points out the need for a concise formula for ethical considerations within the field of Community Psychology. Furthermore, Dr. Campbell discusses how it has been over a half-century since Swampscott and the Community Psychology field still lacks comprehensive guidelines for practice. However, Dr. Campbell states that although an official ethical guidebook is in place, Community Psychology has grown since introduction as a leading authority for social change, diversity inclusion, and social justice. However, as diversity increases within community settings, the need for ethical guidelines is ever-increasing, as conflicts in cultural norms are increasing. Dr. Campbell outlines suggestions that should be included in any ethical guideline publication including consideration of morals, values, and cultural practices.

Community Psychologists must be able to navigate the sometimes sticky slope of various cultural relations within a community in order to find common ground that benefits the groups and not a single individual; without ostracizing individuals.

References

Michigan State University. (2017). MSU Psychology Department. Retrieved from https://psychology.msu.edu/people/faculty/rmc

University of Massachusetts Lowell. (2017). Meg Bond. Retrieved from https://www.uml.edu/FAHSS/Psychology/faculty/bond-meg.aspx




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