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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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Quest for Valid Preventive Interventions

Quest for Valid Preventive Interventions

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Becoming Ecological

G. Kelly James

Oxford University Press

The spirit of the personal response to the William James legacy is that adaptable knowledge will be best derived from work that emphasizes alternate methods stimulated by and appropriate to the requirements of local natural settings. This chapter presents some personal views about these issues. Three approaches to preventive interventions are described in which methods are contrasted and aims are compared. In addition, examples are offered of the type of questions that these new methods generate for verifying knowledge about personal, organizational, and community change. The main thesis is that the uniqueness of community psychology is in the verification of interventions that work in a variety of social settings. If one is ingenious enough to create ways to validate these ideas, one may eventually even contribute to a redefinition of scientific activity in psychology.

Keywords:   William James, adaptable knowledge, preventive interventions, community psychology, social settings, community change

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