ERIC Number: ED102450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Community Psychology: What It Isn't.
Fourcher, Louis A.
The author discusses the problematic term "community psychology" in relation to the many experiences he has had, personally, in the profession. When community psychologists concern themselves with social issues, they quite often adopt the "oversocialized conception of man," which allows for no change and rests firmly on the status quo. Another "trap" in which the psychologist finds himself concerns the possibility of embracing a sociology that actually denies the idiosyncratic psychological depths of the people he is attempting to help. One gives up being a psychologist in favor of becoming a reactionary sociologist. The author now finds himself attempting to organize an interdisciplinary program which has as its overlapping goals the study of psychosocial issues in health services and the implementation of psychosocial knowledge in all aspects of health care delivery systems. Community psychology can become an alternative within the psychological arena if other professionals will find ways of understanding and eliminating iatrogenesis (creation of additional problems in process of solving existing ones) in the medical and community mental health settings. (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)