Behavioral Approaches to Community Psychology by Michael T. Nietzel, Richard A. Winett, Marian L. MacDonald,

By Michael T. Nietzel, Richard A. Winett, Marian L. MacDonald, Arnold P. Goldstein and Leonard Krasner (Auth.)

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". .. the writer takes at the tremendous bold problem of defining psychology, articulating conceptually its family members with different sciences, picking out its key theoretical rules, and resolving its a number of schisms (research/practice, neuroscience/social technology, animal/human, bewildering array of likely nonoverlapping theories and therapies). .. He has an amazing skill to explain, study, and summarize in a number of pages gigantic and complex components of analysis (attributions, cognitive dissonance, behavioral types of melancholy. .. .. .. ) with no getting slowed down in research information. .. I specifically loved the extra own information and anecdotes the e-book layout gave him the distance to incorporate -- e. g. , improvement of the "Justification Hypothesis" because the "joint point" among brain and tradition takes to the air from his reflections on why he used to be overdue getting domestic for dinner one evening in grad college. and a few of his reviews on psychotherapy integration take as element of departure certain research of what he saw as undertaking director for a medical trial of cognitive treatment in prevention of recurrent suicide makes an attempt that by no means made the ultimate released record of the learn. .. All informed, it's no longer gentle interpreting, but when you take pleasure in wondering vast photograph issues you can find loads of nutrients for proposal the following. " (Dave Haaga, American collage, September 2011)

"Like sociology and anthropology, psychology is outlined by means of incompatible competing faculties of notion. and can't be thought of a mature technological know-how, simply because there isn't any experience during which each one iteration of researchers builds upon the center analytical insights of earlier generations of researchers… This booklet is written for medical and learn psychologists, and as a result avoids this type of mathematical version development and axiomatization that's attribute of mature sciences… Henriques notes that it really is nearly most unlikely to outline modern psychology simply because many psychologists think of psychology to be a conception of the workings of the brain, whereas others deny the suggestion of "mind" altogether, and restrict themselves to modeling saw habit. therefore, Henriques takes his first aim to be that of "locating" the sector ontologically. He argues that there's a Tree of information with 4 segments. the 1st is "Matter," that's studied by means of physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy. the second one is "Life," studied through biology. The 3rd is "Mind," that is the subject material of psychology, and the fourth, and optimum, is "Culture," studied through the social sciences. Henriques can pay distinctive consciousness to the 3 issues of junction among segments of the Tree of data. He says the Matter-Life junction is modeled by means of organic evolutionary idea, the Life-Mind junction is modeled by means of what he calls Behavioral funding conception, and the Mind-Culture junction is modeled via what he calls Justification idea. via Behavioral funding thought, Henriques skill basically the rational selection version of determination, organic and fiscal idea, even though he provides a measurement of complexity to human habit by way of announcing that Justification concept calls for a "rational emotional actor" that isn't accurately modeled in normal rational selection concept (p. , 46). i'd upload that Henriques additionally contains video game conception as a part of Behavioral funding idea, just because decision-making while there are a number of brokers concerned calls for game-theoretic reasoning. This viewpoint is simple to fiscal thought. In biology, the extension of determination idea (e. g. , foraging conception) to video game conception used to be pioneered by means of John Maynard Smith, Evolution and the idea of video games (Cambridge college Press, 1982), and now could be normal in all of animal habit thought. In Henriques' leading edge terminology, social interactions are ruled via an "Influence Matrix," that's a part of the psychology of the person that regulates how the person pertains to others. Henriques stresses the emotional part of such interplay and avoids all video game theoretic reasoning in addition to any research of the position of incentives and payoffs within the selection of behaviors ruled by means of the impression Matrix… i feel Henriques' espousal of Behavioral funding concept is an important integrating inspiration during this publication. If this precept by myself have been included uniformly all through study psychology, it's going to supply a lot of the sought-for analytical core…A New Unified concept of Psychology is terrifically difficult, to the purpose of possibly being a brand new starting for psychology as a examine self-discipline. ” (Herb Gintis, Santa Fe Institute and primary eu collage, September 2011)

“Offers a collection of nested frameworks that places diverse elements of mental learn and perform right into a coherent courting with one another. … it's also invaluable that the e-book has very good transitions, with summaries often reminding the readers the place they've been and waiting for the place they're going. … If i'll train a graduate-level creation to Psychology, this may be the ebook. If i'll suggest one e-book to colleagues distraught on the fragmented nature of the sphere, this might be the booklet. ” (Eric P. Charles, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. fifty seven (26), July, 2012)

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Following the death of the so-called grand theories provided by way of luminaries like Sigmund Freud, B. F. Skinner, and Carl Rogers, the sector of psychology principally gave up its early aspirations to color a extensive photograph of the human , and now the self-discipline focuses totally on empirical difficulties that experience a comparatively slender scope. The end result has been a proliferation of fascinating findings without genuine potential to respond to giant questions or to generate a shared normal realizing of the human . This booklet seeks to alter the established order and gives up a brand new unified conception of psychology that redefines the technology and the career and paints a brand new photo of human nature within the technique.

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Professor, Rutgers collage

“As the sphere of psychology has grown, so have the demanding situations of fragmentation and of misunderstandings. This courageous booklet represents a noble quest to supply a large, values-based, and clinical framework which holds the facility to prepare our paintings and circulation us ahead in powerful, new methods. ”

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Professor, collage of North Carolina-Charlotte

“In this very formidable booklet, Henriques makes a powerful case for why daring efforts are wanted within the fragmented realm of mental examine and thought. even if various readers will most likely make varied judgments approximately how good Henriques has succeeded in his goals, it however is an act of highbrow bold that could might be motivate psychologists to appear outdoor the slim confines of a unmarried laboratory paradigm and open their pondering to the right way to deal with the whole diversity of human habit and event. ”

Paul L. Wachtel, writer of healing Communication,
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Applications will be presented for the following problem areas or settings: schools, juvenile offenders and adult offenders in institutions and community settings, drug abuse, alcoholism, community mental health programs and community organization, social skills training, programs for the aged, unemployment, and environmental protection. Besides providing a content review, a methodological evaluation, and an ethical critique of the work in a given area, each chapter reflects several significant trends in the behavioral community psychology field.

These studies have shown that the game is simple to operate and reduces disruptive behavior. Initially, consequences are necessary, but after the rules and feedback components of the game have been associated with consequences, they may be used together without consequences and still maintain good behavior. Two other facets of group procedures are of importance. Comparisons of group and individual contingency procedures (Herman & Tramontana, 1971; Litow & Pumroy, 1975; Long & Williams, 1973) have indicated that group procedures are as effective as individual ones, but group contingencies are somewhat easier to administer.

Individual data revealed that children gained only in those areas in which they were tutored and that children who received the least praise from the tutors gained the least. A wide range of differences was found in the rate of learning from this small group of children, further suggesting the need for individualized instructional programs supported by tutors. In addition to the benefits accrued to the tutee, there also is evidence that the tutor gains as much if not more than the tutee (Cloward, 1967;Dineen, Clark, & Risley, 1976 in press).

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