Applied social psychology combines the science of social psychology with the practical application of solving social problems that exist in the real world. This exciting textbook provides a thorough explanation of how social psychologists can contribute to the understanding and management of different social problems. A highly prestigious team of contributors from across Europe and the United States illustrate how social psychological theories, research methods and intervention techniques can be successfully applied to social problems encountered in the fields of physical and mental health, integration and immigration issues, gender issues, organizational issues, economic behaviour, political behaviour, environmental behaviour and education. Each field studied features an overview of important problems, the role of human behaviour in these problems, the factors influencing relevant behaviour, and effective ways to change this behaviour. This is an essential volume for all undergraduate and graduate students studying applied social psychology.
Linda Steg is Associate Professor in Environmental Psychology at the University of Groningen. A. P. Buunk is Academy Professor on behalf of the Roayl Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Evolutionary Social Psychology at the University of Groningen. J. A. Rothengatter is Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Groningen.
1. Introduction to applied social psychology Linda Steg and Talib Rothengatter; 2. The USE of theory in applied social psychology P. Wesley Schultz and Mica Estrada-Hollenbeck; 3. Applications of social psychology to increase the impact of behaviour-focused intervention Philip K. Lehman and E. Scott Geller; 4. Research designs in applied social psychology Melissa Burkley and Hart Blanton; 5. Social psychology and economic behaviour: heuristics and biases in decision making and judgement W. Fred van Raaij; 6. Social psychology and immigration: relations between immigrants and host societies Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven, Charles Judd and Colleen Ward; 7. Applying social psychology to the classroom Pascal Huguet and Hans Kuyper; 8. Social psychology and environmental problems Linda Steg and Robert Gifford; 9. Gender issues in work and organizations Tineke M. Willemsen and Annelies E. M. van Vianen; 10. Social psychology of health and illness Arie Dijkstra and Alexander Rothman; 11. Social psychology and mental health Abraham P. Buunk and Pieternel Dijkstra; 12. Social psychology and modern organizations: balancing between innovativeness and comfort Karen van der Zee and Paul Paulus; 13. Social psychology and the study of politics Martin Rosema, John T. Jost and Diederik A. Stapel.
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