ERIC Number: ED099736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Experience of Defining Community Psychology.
Gross, Stanley J.
The author describes the emergence of community psychology and the disturbing elitism and authoritarianism which are characteristic of it, as well as the maintenance of individual rather than social explanations for phenomena. Disappointed by the absence of radical approaches to community psychology, he traces his personal search for a new definition of the role, beyond uplifting rhetoric and depressing reality. Acting on the idea that the place for psychology was in solving concrete and immediate problems, he became involved in the real lives of people by observing and listening. He began to use his psychological expertise in consultation, training, and research roles, and this evolved into the notion of the community psychologist as a resource broker whose function was to "give psychology away" by linking his bank of resources to a community which cared to use them. The community psychologist, in this sense, may work in a variety of communities or organizations, contributing problem-solving skills from the perspective of the "individual in social context." (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1974)