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Community Psychology lies at the intersection of Social Psychology, Political Science, and Community Development . It is the study of how to use the principles of psychology to create communities of all sizes that promote mental health of their members.
The basic tenets of Community Psychology are:
- Any non-biological mental illness can either be caused by or aggravated by a mismatch between a person's personality and the community environment in which he or she exists.
- It is often cheaper and more effective to change the environment than to treat multiple patients within it.
- Primary interventions (those aimed at preventing problems before they start) are much more effective than secondary or teritiary interventions (those that treat patients or incipient patients).
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