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Becoming EcologicalAn Expedition Into Community Psychology$
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James G. Kelly

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173796.001.0001

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Wellness as an Ecological Enterprise

Wellness as an Ecological Enterprise

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Becoming Ecological

G. Kelly James

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The Wellness topic has significance for the analysis of risk and protective factors—currently of interest to prevention research investigators. The longstanding tradition of emphasizing epidemiological research for risk factors such as abuse of substances, limited educational achievement, and the pernicious influences of various forms of social and racial discrimination has established connections between the above factors and the expression of psychological maladies. Devoting time and energy to the study of wellness is not simply a scrutiny of the absence of illness. Since the study of illness has been such a priority and so commanding of our attention for so long, it will take some doing to begin anew. This chapter describes five ideas to assist this shift in point of view. These ideas reconceptualize how inquiries can be conceived and carried out. New criteria and new premises are employed; a different epistemology is invoked.

Keywords:   wellness, prevention, risk factors, maladies, epistemology, discrimination, protective factors

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