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Community Psychology and Community Mental HealthTowards Transformative Change$
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Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and Jose Ornelas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.001.0001

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Perspectives on Transformative Change in Community Mental Health

Perspectives on Transformative Change in Community Mental Health

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Community Psychology and Community Mental Health

John Sylvestre

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews and analyzes two theoretical perspectives on transformative change in mental health: planned systems change and continuous and emergent change. This distinction is similar to a previously made distinction between evolutionary and revolutionary approaches to mental health systems change. The chapter begins by examining definitions and characteristics of transformative change, as well as challenges for creating transformative change in community mental health. It then presents the two perspectives on transformational change, comparing them along several dimensions and illustrating each with a case example. The chapter concludes with suggestions for how community psychologists can become more engaged in promoting and sustaining transformational change in community mental health, suggestions informed by the two perspectives presented in the chapter.

Keywords:   community mental health, planned change, emergent change, systems approach, evolutionary change, revolutionary change

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