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Community health psychology : promoting analysis and action for social change

Campbell, Catherine and Murray, Michael (2004) Community health psychology : promoting analysis and action for social change. Journal of Health Psychology, 9 (2). pp. 187-195. ISSN 1359-1053

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1359105304040886


Community health psychology is concerned with the theory and method of working with communities to combat disease and to promote health. This introductory article outlines key assumptions and debates underlying this area of research and practice – in the interests of framing the papers in this special edition of the Journal of Health Psychology. Attention is given to the value of emphasising the community level of analysis and action; the role of collective action in improving health; psycho-social mediators between community participation and health; and the potential role of partnerships in creating ‘healthy communities’. A distinction is made between ‘accommodationist’ and ‘critical’ perspectives, and the authors debate whether or not significant social change can come from community-level action.

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Divisions: LSE Health
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:38

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