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Society for Community Research and Action

  1. G. Anne Bogat

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0903

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Bogat, G. A. 2010. Society for Community Research and Action. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

Author Information

  1. Michigan State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

Abstract

Community psychology formally began in 1965 at the Swampscott, Massachusetts, conference. Its founders were concerned with the individualistic focus that dominated psychology. Community psychology was conceived as a redefinition of psychologists' roles, to empower psychologists to become change agents who studied and modified the social settings in which individuals interacted. Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, Community Psychology, was established in 1966. The division became a society and changed its name to Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) in 1990 to better reflect its mission.

Keywords:

  • prevention;
  • social action;
  • social change