19. Community Psychology

  1. Paul R. Martin2,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD3,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)4,
  4. Michael Kyrios5,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier6 and
  6. José M. Prieto7
  1. Carolyn Kagan,
  2. Karen Duggan PhD,
  3. Michael Richards PhD and
  4. Asiya Siddiquee

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch19

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Kagan, C., Duggan, K., Richards, M. and Siddiquee, A. (2011) Community Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 3

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 6

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 7

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • community psychology (CP), a field of applied psychology - performed in interrelated but different ways;
  • CP, emerging in different ways - in different parts of the world;
  • CP paradigm, integration of theory, research and action - an action science, linking goals of understanding and action, theory and practice through research;
  • core values and their implications - for community psychological praxis;
  • characteristics of CP - ecological metaphor, one of the epistemological breaks achieved by CP, looking beyond individuals for explanations of social experience and for solutions to social issues;
  • strategies for change, key characteristics - identifying strategies of CP practice, furthering social change and transformation towards a more just society;
  • key characteristics of CP, and implications - for community psychological praxis;
  • furtherance of critical consciousness;
  • Change Strategy 2, creation of new forms of social relations - creation of a new social setting, as a strategy for change;
  • alliances, collaborations and organizational “edges” - alliances and countersystems, forming alliances and coalitions, a tool for empowerment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What i s Community Psychology?

  • CP Paradigm: The Integration of Theory, Research, and Action

  • Social Change

  • Characteristics of CP

  • Roles and Skills of CP

  • The Context of CP - Social Issues and Trends

  • References