Using psychology to promote human welfare: A conceptual analysis of the role of community psychology

Leonard D. Goodstein, Irwin Sandler

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Abstract

Analyzed according to a conceptually developed matrix the approaches by which psychology can be used to enhance human welfare. The approaches include clinical psychology, community mental health, community psychology, and public policy psychology. Each approach is examined in terms of the intended target, the content of the intervention, the process involved in the intervention approach, and the knowledge base necessary for attempting such interventions. The differences between community psychology and community mental health are emphasized, and it is concluded that community psychology should disengage itself from the community mental health movement to fulfill its most important functions of interfacing with the social systems of deviance control and of socialization and support. (51 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)882-892
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Volume33
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1978
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • conceptual analysis, role of community psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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