Title

Community based mental health in cultural contexts: from institutionalisation to engaged and authentic community based care

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

The Sage Handbook of Applied Social Psychology

Publisher

Sage

Place of Publication

London, England

Editor(s)

O'Doherty, K; Hodgetts, D

School

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

RAS ID

27624

Comments

Originally published as: Drew, N., & Adams, M. (2018) Community based mental health in cultural contexts: from institutionalisation to engaged and authentic community based care. In O'Doherty, K; Hodgetts, D (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Applied Social Psychology. (pp 232-251) London: Sage

Abstract

Notwithstanding the divisiveness of the ‘crisis’ in social psychology and the enduring dominance of the experimental positivist approaches, applied social psychologists have a long tradition of making a difference at the coalface of community concerns (Hodgetts et al., 2010). Applied social psychologists bring a strong ethic of what is known variously as praxis or reflective practice, which grounds practice in strong evidence-based research (including the many interpretations of what constitutes evidence). Social psychological theories and methods offer a unique and diverse canon from which practitioners from many allied disciplines may draw succour in their everyday efforts to seek solutions to social and community concerns.

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