ERIC Number: ED347107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Political Activism: A New Dimension for Community Psychology.
Nikelly, Arthur G.
Community psychology has not dealt directly with the economic forces that foster maladjustment. Instead, it has focused on changing the individual and limited segments of the population. Society supports economic structures and values that hinder community psychology programs. Individual empowerment has only limited scope because it does not deal with the basic economic issues that frequently underlie dysfunctional behavior. Evidence from societies with economic equality suggests that they are more consistent with the philosophy of community psychology. The strategies of psychologists who practice community psychology will become more effective if they become politically active to achieve the alternative socio-economic structures advocated by recent economic planners. A 22-item list of references is included. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 11, 1990).