Community based mental health in cultural contexts: from institutionalisation to engaged and authentic community based care
The Sage Handbook of Applied Social Psychology
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O'Doherty, K; Hodgetts, D
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
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.