Volume 55, Number 3 Summer 2022

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Edited by Douglas Perkins, Vanderbilt University and Olga Oliveira Cunha, NOVA University

Recent Publications in Community Psychology from Around the World

Written by Douglas D. Perkins, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

There were no article ideas submitted to us this quarter, so I thought it might be helpful to use this space to highlight some noteworthy community psychology articles and books published recently from every continent of the globe. The following selections, even the two international edited volumes, are far from exhaustive of the work and ideas in our field from any particular country or region (for example, I did not have space to include articles from Australia or Aotearoa/New Zealand, but there are chapters from that region in the books listed at the end)-- they are simply some of what I happened to notice and find interesting. They represent just some of the impressive quality, range, and volume of community psychological theory, research, and action that have developed internationally in recent years.


Visser, M., Jansen van Rensburg, M., Garforth, L., & Tefera, N. (2021). A large-scale community intervention to change gender perceptions in rural Ethiopia. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 31(5), 571-589.

Abstract: This paper reports on our participatory multi-faceted community-wide intervention to change gender perceptions and encourage support for girls' education to improve their school attendance and performance. The intervention involved community and education stakeholders in implementing a context-specific multi-faceted intervention to improve opportunities for girls in 123 primary schools in the rural Wolaita Zone, Ethiopia. We implemented a repeated-measures quasi-experimental design in a sample of 30 schools (15 project and 15 control schools) to evaluate the intervention's effectiveness. Over 3 years we assessed gender perceptions of a cohort of 750 Grade 6 girls, their parents and teachers in project and control schools. In addition, participative group discussions were conducted with various stakeholders. In project schools, we recorded significant changes (e.g., provision of sanitary pads, counselling, tutorial classes and community involvement). Teachers and parents reported improved gender attitudes and support for girls' education; while girls' self-esteem scores and educational aspirations increased. The findings showed a change in community perceptions of the value of girls' education and some evidence of increased equality in gender perceptions. We concluded that these systemic changes marked the start of a long-term change process. This intervention showed the value of a participatory approach in a systemic community intervention.


Wang, S. C., & Fowler, P. J. (2019). Social Cohesion, Neighborhood Collective Efficacy, and Adolescent Subjective Well‐being in Urban and Rural Taiwan. American Journal of Community Psychology, 63(3-4), 499-510.

Abstract: This study investigates the association between neighborhood social cohesion, collective efficacy, and adolescent subjective well‐being in a nationally representative sample of Taiwanese youth. The study represents a first to adapt and test a developmental ecological model within a Chinese cultural context. Data came from the Taiwan Youth Project, which assessed representative samples of seventh graders (n = 2,690) and ninth graders (n = 2,851) from both urban and rural counties. The analytic sample included 4,988 adolescents (M age = 14.4, SD = 1.14; 50% female) in Taiwan. A path analysis estimated the direct and indirect effects of social cohesion on adolescent well‐being. The results suggest that neighbors can affect young people's well‐being by reinforcing their perception of safety and enhancing their self‐esteem. Comparisons between youth from urban and rural areas demonstrate a general similarity in the developmental processes, though the perception of safety is less of a concern in rural areas. Findings emphasize universal aspects of neighborhood collective efficacy and developmental–ecological models, as well as allude to culturally specific dimensions in a Chinese‐based context.


Gaboardi, M., Santinello, M., Lenzi, M., Disperati, F., Ornelas, J., & Shinn, M. (2022). Using a modified version of photovoice in a European cross-national study on homelessness. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Abstract: This study proposes an innovative use of a modified version of photovoice for cross-national qualitative research that allows participants to express their ideas, experiences, and emotions about a topic through photographic language. We examine factors affecting social service providers' work on people experiencing homelessness in Europe. We highlight five advantages of using photovoice in cross-national research: visual language, methodological flexibility, participatory data analysis, the bottom-up process, and the promotion of social change. Moreover, we identify key stages of the process: writing a detailed protocol for the implementation and fidelity of the projects, using two levels of data analysis, and disseminating the results. This study provides lessons learned for others who may want to use photovoice in cross-national research.

Miranda, D. E., GarcíaRamírez, M., & AlbarMarín, M. J. (2020). Building Meaningful Community Advocacy for Ethnicbased Health Equity: The RoAd4Health Experience. American Journal of Community Psychology, 66(3-4), 347-357.

Abstract: The pervasive failure of policies aimed at overcoming health inequities suffered by European Roma reflects the oppressive and impoverished living conditions of many ethnic minorities in the Western world. The multiple social inequities that Roma experience and the cumulative effect on their health prove that the failure of health policies that impact Roma must be attributed to their ameliorative nature. These policies legitimize the mechanisms of oppression that sustain inequities, fueling fatalistic attitudes toward minorities, while these minorities internalize the stigma and attempt to survive on the margins of society. This paper presents the RoAd4Health project, a community initiative in which academic researchers partnered with Roma communities to overcome health inequities. We present the multiple methods utilized for building meaningful advocacy, such as photovoice and asset mapping led by Roma agents of change. These methods provided the capacity to develop a local narrative of disparities, build alliances to gain capacity to respond to injustices, and take actions to promote social change. The results of effectively involving all significant stakeholders (i.e., community agents of change, residents, health and social care providers, Roma community grassroots organizations, and institutional actors) are discussed along with lessons learned.

Latin America

Berroeta, H., & Pinto de Carvalho, L. (2020). La Psicología Ambiental-Comunitaria en el Estudio de los Desastres: La Importancia de los Vínculos Socioespaciales / Environmental-Community Psychology in the Study of Disasters: The Importance of Socio-Spatial Links. Psykhe, 29(1), 1579. (in Spanish; for a related study in English, see Berroeta, H., Pinto de Carvalho, L., Castillo-Sepúlveda, J., & Opazo, L. (2021). Sociospatial ties and postdisaster reconstruction: An analysis of the assemblage in the mega-fire of Valparaíso. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(1), 95-117.

Abstract: The psychosocial literature in contexts of socio-natural disasters has mainly focused on the study of the psychological consequences for the people affected, paying less attention to psycho-socioenvironmental factors. In this article, we aim to highlight the relevance of community environmental psychology for analyzing both the subjective aspects of people-place relationships and the community relations of the towns hit by disasters. To do this, we present a conceptual framework community psychology and environmental psychology categories which are relevant for studying what we call socio-spatial links in socio-natural disaster situations. This perspective is illustrated by presenting the results of a study carried out with a mixed methodology, which describes how these links emerge in people who have lived in communities affected by earthquakes, a tsunami, and a volcanic eruption in 4 Chilean towns. Responses to the scales of place attachment, place identity, residential satisfaction, sense of community, and civic participation were analyzed in a non-probability (convenience) sample (n = 628), along with reports of 17 focus groups (n = 117) on the constructed meanings of public space. It is concluded that the articulation of environmental and community psychology broadens our understanding of elements of power and dispute in the territory, while also making psychosocial flaws visible in post-disaster reconstruction solutions.

Moura Jr, J. F., Rodríguez, N. A., Castillo León, M. T. D. N. J., Marín, T. C. C., Ximenes, V. M., Cidade, E. C., Nepomuceno, B. B., & Arboleda, Y. (2021). Sense of community in poverty contexts in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico: A transcultural study. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(1), 202-217.

Abstract: The aim of this article is to analyze the sense of community of three communities in conditions of poverty in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. The general sample was composed of 533 people: 124 from Bogotá (Colombia), 200 from Mérida (Mexico), and 209 from Porto Alegre (Brazil). The scale applied was the Sense of Community Index, performing variance analysis, and multivariate analysis of variance. The results conclude that there are significant differences between the general averages of the Sense of Community Index between the countries, observing the largest differences between the samples of Brazil and Mexico. The interaction between the factors has significant differences, particularly in the factors of influence and emotional connection in account of specific cultural aspects in each country and community. The sense of community derives from the encounter of transcultural and contextual aspects linked to poverty.


Ozgurer, M. R., & Perkins, D. D. (2021). Geospatial Analysis of the Global Growth of Community Psychology: Geographic Proximity and Socioeconomic and Political Indicators. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(6), 1872-1890.

Abstract: Data on 105 countries from the Global Development of Applied Community Studies project and a geographic information system (ArcGIS) were used to map and identify spatial patterns in the international growth of community psychology, as measured by professional associations and conferences, graduate and undergraduate programs and courses, and publications. Our primary aim was to analyze the field’s global development, emphasizing professional training and research products, in the context of geographic proximity and theories of knowledge transfer and knowledge spillover. The results of Hot Spot Analysis and Cluster and Outlier Analysis spatially confirmed our hypothesis, revealing statistically significant hot spots of the strength of community psychology in the countries sharing borders. Hierarchical regression analysis found that the strength of community psychology in neighboring countries significantly predicted the development of community psychology beyond the influence of population size, Human Development Index, freedom score, and a history of grassroots activism. Implications for theory, research, and international professional and student exchanges are discussed.

Di Martino, S., Scarpa, M. P., & Prilleltensky, I. (2022). Between wellness and fairness: The mediating role of autonomous human choice and social capital in OECD countries. Journal of Community Psychology.

Abstract: Theoretical arguments and empirical evidence have been provided in the literature for the role of fairness in wellness. In this paper, we explore the role of two potential mediating variables: autonomous human choice and social capital. Using aggregated panel data across countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development (OECD), we compared the OECD Social Justice Index (SJI) with data on life satisfaction to test whether fairness has direct and indirect effects on wellness. Results from a series of Manifest Path Analyses with time as fixed effect, support the hypothesis that the OECD SJI is directly linked to country‐level life satisfaction, additionally revealing that its indirect effect operates primarily through people's autonomous choices in life and their country's level of social capital. Our results contribute to two distinct bodies of knowledge. With respect to community psychology, the findings offer empirical evidence for the synergistic effect of personal, relational, and collective factors in well‐being. With respect to the impact of economic inequality on wellness, we extend the literature by using social justice as a more comprehensive measure. Limitations and recommendations for future studies are discussed.

Kagan, C., et al. (Eds.)(2022). The Routledge International Handbook of Community Psychology: Facing Global Crises with Hope. Routledge.

This handbook offers a unique critical and cross-disciplinary approach to the study of Community Psychology, showing how it can address the systemic challenges arising from multiple crises facing people across the world.


“Introduction: Facing Global Crises” by Carolyn Kagan, Jacqueline Akhurst, Jaime Alfaro, Rebecca Lawthom, Michael Richards and Alba Zambrano

Part 1: Community Psychology Through a Critical Lens

  1. “Epistemicide and Epistemic Freedom: Reflections for a Decolonising Community Psychology” by Nick Malherbe, Shahnaaz Suffla and Mohamed Seedat
  2. “Contributions of Marxism to Community Psychology: Emancipation in Debate” by Isabel Fernandes de Oliveira and Fernando Lacerda Júnior
  3. “Community Psychology and Political Economy” by Sally Zlotowitz and Mark H. Burton
  4. “Grounding Community Psychology in Practices of Ecopsychosocial Accompaniment” by Garret Barnwell, Gay Bradshaw and Mary Watkins
  5. “Community Psychology and War: Structural Violence and Institutional Silence” by Paul Duckett

Part 2: Community Psychology Through a Praxis Lens

  1. “Interrogating Chilean Community Psychology in Times of Crisis” by Alba Zambrano, Sergio Chacón-Armijo, Herling Sanhueza Yáñez and María Antonieta Campos Melo
  2. “Psychologists Taking Action for LGBT+ Rights and Well-being in the Philippines” by Eric Julian Manalastas, Moniq M. Muyargas, Pierce S. Docena and Beatriz A. Torre
  3. “Psychosocial Accompaniment from a Community Approach to Victims of Internal Forced Displacement in Colombia” by Claudia Tovar Guerra, Stella Sacipa Rodríguez and Laura Muñoz Restrepo
  4. “Community Trust and Community Psychology Interventions” by Caterina Arcidiacono, Immacolata Di Napoli, Ciro Esposito and Fortuna Procentese
  5. “The Others: Discovering and Connecting Community Life” by Moisés Carmona Monferrer and Rubén David Fernández Carrasco
  6. “A Call for a Digital Community Psychology” by Jenna Condie and Michael Richards
  7. “The Interface of Community and Well-Being in Childhood: A Critical Perspective” by Jaime Alfaro and M. Isidora Bilbao-Nieva
  8. “Disaster and Community Psychology: Focusing on the Power of Youth and Children and their Peer Effects in Disaster Prevention and Community Empowerment” by Mari Yoshinaga and Takehito Hagiwara
  9. “Community Arts for Critical Community Psychology Praxis: Towards Decolonisation and Aboriginal Self-determination” by Christopher C. Sonn, Amy F. Quayle & Paola Balla

Part 3: Community Psychology Through an Ecological Lens

  1. “Climate justice: In Pursuit of a Practical Utopia: Transitioning Towards Climate Justice” by Carlie D. Trott, Kai Reimer-Watts and Manuel Riemer
  2. “Participation for a Better Future: Communities of Action for the Environment in Aotearoa New Zealand” by Niki Harré, Sally Birdsall, Daniel Hikuroa, Daniel Kelly, Karen Nairn and Te Kerekere Roycroft
  3. “Exploring the Ecotone of Critical Food Studies in Community Psychology: A Framework for Addressing Well-Being Through Food System Transformation” by Mirella L. Stroink, Charles Z. Levkoe and B. Mackenzie Barnett
  4. “Community Social Psychology and Nature Conservation” by Alejandra Olivera-Méndez and Marcelo Calegare

Part 4: Community Psychology Through a Reflective Lens

  1. “Community Psychology and the Liberation Process of First Nations in Guatemala” by Jorge Mario Flores Osorio and Mariola Elizabeth Vicente Xiloj
  2. “Scholar Activism: Mothering; Disability and Academic Activism” by Katherine Runswick-Cole, Andrea Ellwood, Kerry Fox and Sara Ryan
  3. “Building Partnerships for Community-Based Service Learning in Poverty-stricken and Systemically Disadvantaged Communities” by Jacqueline Akhurst and Nqobile Msomi
  4. “Mobilising Critical Consciousness in Educational Contexts: A Community Psychology Approach” by Bruna Zani, Cinzia Albanesi, Elvira Cicognani, Antonella Guarino and Iana Tzankova
  5. “Working with Life Stories for Transformational Learning: Tracking Our Positionality in an Educational Dialogical Space During COVID-19” by Yvonne Sliep, Nosipho Makhakhe, Sipho Ngcongo and Bernice Calmes

Part 5: Community Psychology Through the Lens of Hope

  1. “Hope” by Carolyn Kagan, Jacqueline Akhurst, Jaime Alfaro, Rebecca Lawthom, Michael Richards and Alba Zambrano

Kessi, S., Suffla, S., & Seedat, M. (Eds.). (2021). Decolonial enactments in community psychology. Springer.

This edited collection was inspired by the presentations given at the sixth International Conference on Community Psychology (ICCP) held in Durban, South Africa in 2016.


Part I Conceptions of Engagement for Community Psychology Towards A Decolonial “Community Psychology: Derivatives, Disruptions and Disobediences” by Shose Kessi, Shahnaaz Suffa, and Mohamed Seedat

“Liberatory Africa(n)-Centred Community Psychology of Psychosocial Change” by Kopano Ratele and Nick Malherbe

“Decolonising Participatory Action Research in Community Psychology” by Jesica Siham Fernández

“Decentering ‘Community’ in Community Psychology: Towards Radical Relationality and Resistance” by Urmitapa Dutta

Part II Modes of Enactments and Praxes for Community Psychology

“Reflections on Radical Love and Rebellion: Towards Decolonial Solidarity in Community Psychology Praxis” by Devin G. Atallah

“Accompanying Aboriginal Communities Through Arts and Cultural Practice: Decolonial Enactments of Place-Based Community Research” by Christopher C. Sonn, Amy F. Quayle, and Pilar Kasat

“Dialogue and Dialogue Theatre: Processes Toward Decolonial Praxis” by Siew Fang Law, Malual Deng, Diego Cifuentes, and Richard Barber

“Constructing Race and Place in South Africa: A Photovoice Study with ‘Coloured’ Men in Bishop Lavis” by Simone M. Peters, Shose Kessi, and Floretta Boonzaier

“Towards Alternative Spatial Imaginaries: The Case of ‘Reclaim the City’” by Ruth Urson, Shose Kessi & Shari Daya

“A Decolonising Approach to Health Promotion” by Elelwani L. Ramugondo and Isla Emery-Whittington

“Decolonising Australian Psychology: The Influences of Aboriginal Psychologists” by Yvonne Clark and Tanja Hirvonen

“Towards an Expansive Conceptual/Methodological Approach to Everyday Violence” by Sarah Malotane Henkeman

“The Past, Present, and Future Entangled: Memory-Work as Decolonial Praxis” by Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo


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