"Principles of Community Psychology" . . . is a comprehensive text integrating theory, research, and practice across the diverse subject matter of community mental health and community psychology. Emphasizing an ecological approach, this text places problems in both their current and historical influences that shape and change behavior and mental health. Conceptually built around the models of stressful life events, social support, and coping, it applies these concepts as a key integrative device for analyzing diverse phenomena and interventions which include self-help, prevention, and social action. Thoroughly updated, this 2nd edition has been completely rewritten to include updated references and research, boxes on current topics, chapter outlines, expanded case studies, practical examples, and chapter discussions. The new edition offers students a more accessible text that presents concrete, detailed, up-to-date examples of programs, research, and scholarship from many different fields. . . . [This textbook] challenges community psychologists, as well as students of psychology, sociology, and social work, to look at the impact of the new conservatism on human services and the opportunities that are presented for innovative approaches in the new political climate.
(From the foreword by Seymour Sarason:) Prior to this edition, this book was unrivaled for its scope and depth of the obvious and not-so-obvious psychological implications of what American communities are: what problems they face, how they do and do not change. What this new edition makes abundantly clear is that what is called a "community" is glaringly porous: in the modern, highly technical, mobile world, a community is affected by events near and far from its borders, events that are psychological, sociological, economic, political, and legal. Yes, this is a book written by and for psychologists, but it draws upon the social sciences as no other book in the field. This is more than a book about the American community. It is about America. The details are many, but they are never divorced from the contents from which they emerge and which they illuminate. This book is more than an introduction to community psychology.