Becoming Ecological: An Expedition into Community Psychology

Hardcover | February 15, 2006

EditorJames G. Kelly

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Community psychology emphasizes an ecological approach to mental health by focusing on the individual in the environment and the influences that shape and change behavior. Becoming Ecological brings together the work of James G. Kelly, one of the founders of community psychology and among thefield's national leaders. The volume unites thirteen of Kelly's publications from 1968 to 2002 as well as four new essays on current issues in the field: the theory, research, practice, and education of community psychologists. Kelly introduces the work by offering connections between his personal experiences and thetopics he chose to focus on throughout his long career. He begins each of the thirteen essays with commentary that sets the article in its original context so that the reader has a historical perspective on why certain ideas were salient at a particular time and how they are still timely today.Kelly concludes with a "summing up" section integrating the previously published articles with the four new essays. Throughout, he presents examples of how to plan and carry out research and practice in the community. The principles underlying the examples both enhance the relevance of the researchand practice and increase the potential of community residents to use the findings for their own purposes. A compendium of classic statements of community psychology's philosophical and historical underpinnings, Becoming Ecological is a must-read for scholars and practitioners of community psychology and for those in the fields of public health, social work, community development, education, andapplied anthropology.

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Community psychology emphasizes an ecological approach to mental health by focusing on the individual in the environment and the influences that shape and change behavior. Becoming Ecological brings together the work of James G. Kelly, one of the founders of community psychology and among thefield's national leaders. The volume unit...

James G. Kelly is Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago and Lecturer, University of California at Davis. As one of the founders of the field of community psychology, he has emphasized the development of ecological principles that can enhance the design of community-based research and practice. These principles are ba...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:346 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:February 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceBeing Autobiographical: Roots and Varied Soils for Ecological InquiryThirteen Classic Articles and Reflections1. Toward an Ecological Conception of Preventive Interventions2. Adolescent Boys in High School: A Psychological Study of Coping and Adaptation3. Antidotes for Arrogance4. Quest for Valid Preventive Interventions5. Community as Teacher6. Qualities for the Community Psychologist7. Tain't What You Do, It's the Way That You Do It8. Seven Criteria When Conducting Community-Based Prevention Research: A Research Agenda and Commentary9. Generating Social Settings for a Public's Health10. A Contextualist Epistemology for Ecological Research11. Wellness as an Ecological Enterprise12. Contexts and Community Leadership13. The Spirit of Community PsychologyMore ThoughtsFour Contemporary Essays14. Thinking Ecologically15. Inquiry as Situated Methods with Processes for Mutual Discovery16. Practicing Ecology: Ideas for Community-Based Preventive Programs17. Education and Training for an Ecological Perspective18. A Summing Up: Some Facets of InterdependenceAfterword by Edison J. Trickett, University of Illinois at ChicagoBibliographyAutobiographical Synopsis: Appendix A

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"Kelly sets high standards for community psychologists. This book does not just have historical value: It is also a model of how one person can significantly shape a movement."--PsycCRITIQUES