Wrestling with discipline rigor in Community Psychology

 This article by Jean E. Rhodes wrestles with discipline “rigor” and its historical foundations in Community Psychology.

See full article here: http://www.gjcpp.org/en/article.php?issue=22&article=133


Celebrating Our Evolving, Interdisciplinary, Contextually-Embedded Field by  Jean E. Rhodes


What use is a theory if it cannot describe, explain, specify, and predict phenomena of interest? Applying this metric, Jason, Stevens, Ram, Miller, Beasley, and Gleason (2016) demonstrate the limits of three of the foundational theories of community psychology. The challenge for these and other theories stems from the field’s complexity and multiple levels of analysis. Consequently, many of the defining constructs (e.g., neighborhood, social ecology, empowerment) are insufficiently specified and tested. Yet, in light of the inherently interdisciplinary nature of community psychology, its attunement to evolving societal issues, and its broad, multi-level foci, one could argue that community psychology may never yield to the rigors and conventions of traditional psychological inquiry in ways that produce a distinct unifying theory.

Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice

Learn more about this network of Community Psychologists here: http://www.scra27.org/who-we-are/


Of note is that in June 2017, this group will be having their biannual conference in Ottawa

Location: Campus of the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dates: June 21-24, 2017

Co-chairs: Tim Aubry & John Sylvestre (Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa); Manuel Riemer (Centre for Community Research, Learning, and Action, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Sponsored by: the University of Ottawa in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University

Read more at http://www.scra27.org/event/biennial-conference/2017-biennial/#H0121emEBAzQ2k1u.99




One comment

  1. Bill Dare

    Good to read this article that wrestles with discipline “rigor” and its historical foundations. It struck me as important to keep in mind, with the call for papers, that seemed to frame the call for psychology, which seemed a bit strange given the real time openess that Community Psychology usually exhibits. [SCRA-TRANSFORMATIVECHANGECMH] CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS– AJCP Special Issue on Community Psychology and Community Mental Health

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