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Community Psychology: Where Do We Go from Here?

  • Paul A. ToroEmail author
2004 Division 27 Presidential Address

Abstract

Following a developmental analogy, community psychology may be experiencing a “mid-life crisis” as it enters “middle age.” The field needs to determine where to go from here. This paper argues that the field should attempt to expand. Expansion can best be accomplished by celebrating the diversity of orientations within the field (e.g., those emphasizing prevention, empowerment, and the ecological perspective) and the wide range of human problems of interest to community psychologists. To promote expansion of the field, community psychologists need to seek out relationships with diverse groups, such as the international community, those working in applied settings, ethnic minorities, and students and early-career professionals.

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community psychology diversity international 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWayne State UniversityDetroit

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