Comparison with Community Psychology and Public Health

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Introduction The American Heritage Medical dictionary (Website one, 2007) defines community psychology (CP) as “the application of psychology to community programs for the prevention of mental health disorders and the promotion of mental health.” Public health (PH) on the other hand is defined as “the science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community as by preventative medicine; health education; control of communicable diseases; application of sanitary measures and monitoring of environmental hazards (website two, 2007).” Both approaches have its own merits that set it apart from the other and similarities that provide common ground from which both can work in tandem. It is the aim of this assignment to compare…show more content…
The three levels of prevention laid out in CP could be successful with proper and appropriate implementation in the treatment and prevention of illness within the community. PH understands that the mindset and behaviour of the community needs to change and with its forthright manner in dealing with social problems in a practical manner; putting into action a prevention and treatment campaign would be more likely met with success. References 1. Gilbert, L. (1995). Sociology and the ‘New Public Health’ in South Africa. New Perspectives in Community Psychology. Reader for PYC4811. (2012), 74-83. 2. Seedat, M., Cloete, N., Shochet, I. (1988). Community Psychology: panic or panacea. New Perspectives in Community Psychology. Reader for PYC4811. (2012), 218-233. 3. Tutorial Letter 102, PYC4811 (2012). Department of Psychology, University of South Africa, Pretoria. 4. Website one: The free dictionary. The American Heritage Medical dictionary. (2007). Houghton Mittin Company. Accessed: 10/04/2012, 9:45pm. Web Address: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/community+psychology 5. Website two: The free dictionary. The American Heritage Medical dictionary. (2007). Houghton Mittin Company. Accessed: 10/04/2012, 9:50pm Web Address:
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