Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems (2nd Revised edition)

Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems (2nd Revised edition)

By: Larry M. Coutts (editor), Jamie A. Gruman (editor), Frank W. Schneider (editor)Paperback

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This is an introduction to the field of applied social psychology which looks at the nature of social psychological theory and how it is used to enhance our understanding of social and practical issues. The book begins with separate chapters that define the field, examine social psychological theory, review research methods, and consider the design and evaluation of interventions. Subsequent content chapters focus on the application of social psychological theory and knowledge to such areas as counseling, sports, media, health, education, organizations, criminal justice, community, environment, and diversity. Key Features: * offers a greater level of expertise with contributing authors to each chapter while ensuring unity of perspective and approach in their writing style * balances theory and research methods and the role they play in applied social psychology * provides broad coverage to give students a more thorough appreciation of the scope of this field and the variety of social problems it addresses * includes a "Culture Context" discussion in most chapters to highlight cross-cultural concerns and perspectives * provides "Focus on Research" and "Focus on Intervention" boxes that provides students with a more in depth appreciation of the processes of designing, executing, and evaluating research studies and interventions. New to this Edition: * new separate chapters on personal relationships (chapter 15) and applying social psychology to the classroom (chapter 16) * new cutting-edge research and topics that explore social psychology in everyday life such as research on the effects of embedded sexual content in the media, team goal-setting and social cohesion in teams, and new strategies for inducing pro-environment behavior The Second Edition of Applied Social Psychology is reader friendly and emphasizes the connection between academic material and the student's real-world experiences. It is designed for undergraduate students in the social and behavioral sciences studying applied social psychology.

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Frank W. Schneider (PhD, University of Florida) is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Windsor. He is a cofounder of the doctoral program in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Windsor. He coauthored a textbook on differential psychology and has published articles related to a variety of topics, including policing, group dynamics, organizational effectiveness, evaluation research, social psychology of education, gender roles, domestic violence, helping behavior, race relations, nonverbal communication, attribution theory, and adjustment of the elderly. His current research interests are in the areas of community policing and police organization effectiveness. Jamie A. Gruman, (PhD, University of Windsor) earned his doctorate in Applied Social Psychology with a specialization in organizational psychology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and has previously taught in both the psychology departments and business schools at the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor. An award-winning researcher, he has published articles in such journals as Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Human Resource Management, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. His current research interests pertain largely to positive organizational psychology and his point of entry into this topic is often the organizational socialization process. He is also the founding Chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. Larry M. Coutts (PhD, University of Windsor) is the president of L. M. Coutts & Associates, an organizational and human resource management consulting firm, and teaches part-time in the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. Larry is a former Director of Research and Development for the human resource consulting company EPSI Inc. and a former Assistant Professor in the Applied Social Psychology division at the University of Windsor. He also has held positions with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as director of the Organizational Design and Job Evaluation Branch and as a senior research principal with both the Personnel Research Branch and the Canadian Police College. His research interests include industrial and organizational psychology, specifically personnel selection (assessment centers, simulation exercises, structured interviews, and testing) and organizational change and development. Much of his published research has focused around law enforcement settings (personnel selection in law enforcement, police hiring and promotion, senior police executive development, etc.).


Preface Part I. Foundations of Applied Social Psychology 1. Defining the Field of Applied Social Psychology - Frank Schneider, Jamie Gruman, Larry Coutts 2. Social Psychological Theory - Greg Chung-Yan, Shelagh Towson 3. Research Methods - Kenneth Cramer, Louise Alexitch 4. Intervention and Evaluation - Adam Lodzinski, Michiko Motomura, Frank Schneider Part II. Applying Social Psychology to Arenas of Life 5. Applying Social Psychology to Clinical and Counseling Psychology - Kenneth Hart, David Ledgerwood, Phillip Ianni 6. Applying Social Psychology to Sport Teams - Philip Sullivan, Deborah Feltz, Lori Dithurbide 7. Applying Social Psychology to the Media - David Ewoldsen, Beverly Roskos-Ewoldsen 8. Applying Social Psychology to Health - Kathryn Lafreniere, Kenneth Cramer 9. Applying Social Psychology in Education - Louise Alexitch 10. Applying Social Psychology to Organizations - Larry Coutts, Jamie Gruman 11. Applying Social Psychology to the Criminal Justice System - David Day, Stephanie Marion 12. Applying Social Psychology to the Community - Kathryn Lafreniere, Stewart Page, Charlene Senn 13. Applying Social Psychology to the Environment - Robert Gifford 14. Applying Social Psychology to Diversity - Catherine Kwantes, Sherry Bergeron, Ritu Kaushal Part III. Applying Social Psychology to One's Own Life 15. Applying Social Psychology to Personal Relationships - Ann Weber 16. Applying Social Psychology to the Classroom - Randolph Smith 17. Applying Social Psychology to Positive Well-Being: Focus on Optimism - Kenneth Hart, Phillip Ianni References Author Index Subject Index About the Editors Contributors

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  • publication date: 13/12/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781412976381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 504
  • ID: 9781412976381
  • weight: 798
  • ISBN10: 1412976383
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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