A Community Psychology View of Environmental Organization Processes

Dean, Julie H. and Bush, Robert A. (2007) A Community Psychology View of Environmental Organization Processes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 40 1-2: 146-166. doi:10.1007/s10464-007-9123-2

Author Dean, Julie H.
Bush, Robert A.
Title A Community Psychology View of Environmental Organization Processes
Journal name American Journal of Community Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-0562
Publication date 2007-09
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s10464-007-9123-2
Volume 40
Issue 1-2
Start page 146
End page 166
Total pages 21
Editor Davidson, W.S.
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer/plenum Publishers
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
380199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
779902 Land and water management
Abstract Environmental organizations have a key role in addressing environmental degradation and promoting ecologically and socially sustainable societies. Psychosocial processes underpin their work, however, empirical studies of these processes remain underdeveloped. This paper presents the first stage of a community psychology study involving in-depth interviews with leaders in environmental organizations. Qualitative analysis revealed a framework of five types of psychosocial processes that assist environmental organizations to achieve a range of outcomes, namely: problem analysis; influencing decision-making; inter-organizational relationships; community participation and knowledge transfer. These psychosocial processes were used in substantially different ways depending on the organizations' orientation. Three key orientations towards outcomes were evident: on-ground conservation, developing innovation in specialist areas and transforming wider social institutions. The findings provide a model of the psychosocial processes involved in fostering sustainable futures and exemplify the contribution of community psychology to this critical global issue.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Social Work
socially and ecologically sustainable futures
environmental organizations
psychosocial processes
multiple levels of analysis
Citizen Participation
Ecosystem Management
Empowerment Theory
Health Promotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2008 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Public Health Publications
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