Society for Community Research and Action

Society for Community Research and Action

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) – Community Psychology, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association – serves many different disciplines that focus on community research and action. Our members are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals.Four broad principles guide SCRA: Community research and action requires explicit attention to and respect for diversity among peoples and settings; human competencies and problems are best understood by viewing people within their social, cultural, economic, geographic, and historical contexts; community research and action is an active collaboration among researchers, practitioners, and community members that uses multiple methodologies. Such research and action must be undertaken to serve those community members directly concerned, and should be guided by their needs and preferences, as well as by their active participation; and finally to change strategies are needed at multiple levels in order to foster settings that promote competence and well-being.




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