Donata Francescato

Train more community psychologists to face local and global problems and to promote better futures

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In this article, I argue we need to train more community psychologists to face local and global problems that trouble us and to promote better futures. I first examine how community psychology developed in the United States. Then, I describe how community psychology in Italy had to overcome some obstacles to become an academic discipline in 1985 and instead was supported by social and health professionals and teachers in the seventies, because various laws indicated new aims for social, health and educational services. I analyze how community psychologists have developed new theories and intervention modalities, and stimulated the creations of European and Global networks to face glocal problems, like climate change, growing socioeconomic inequalities, political polarization, racism, sexism and the decline of democracy


  • Community psychology
  • glocal problems
  • territorial and virtual communities
  • sense of community


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