Social Psychology and Counseling: Issues and Applications



Series: Social Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY010000

Social Psychology and Counseling offers a rather innovative approach to the social psychological underpinnings of professional mental health services in two respects. First, while psychology has been applied to the subject of mental health in the past, little effort has been directed to link the typical topics of social psychology to the subject of counseling practice. Thus, this volume examines such traditional social psychological topics as conformity, aggression, interpersonal attraction and prejudice with specific attention to the ways in which extant research and theory in such areas can inform professional practice. Second, most of the authors in this volume are engaged in professional practice while recently completing academic training in scholarly investigations required for a Ph.D.

While most of the authors are thus in early stages of their careers, they offer especially contemporary interpretations of both research and practice related to such issues as risky behavior among adolescents, violent tendencies of incarcerated offenders, impacts of social media use on depression, social influences on eating disorders and body dissatisfaction, school violence, and consequences of stereotype threat. Chapters deal with implications for policy as well as psychotherapy, and perspectives from positive psychology are used in considering the enhancement of mental health and interpersonal relations as well as the prevention of mental health problems. Finally, the critical social theory that serves to ground a commitment to social justice in the programs of most of the authors is reflected here in chapters that challenge assumptions of mainstream social psychology particularly around issues of race and culture. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Self-Determination Theory and Motivational Interviewing in Psychotherapy
(Mathew Varley and Ashlee E. Zito)

Chapter 2. Conformity and Adolescent Risk-Taking
(Catherine Stamateris Flaherty and Amy Perkins)

Chapter 3. Social Media and Conformity
(Bailey J. Nevels and Marjory Vazquez)

Chapter 4. Persuasion in the Context of Therapy
(Amelia Hoyle and Anthony Hansen)

Chapter 5. Impacts of Media Depictions on Undocumented Immigrants’ Subjective Well-being
(Beth L. Perlman and Edward A. Delgado-Romero)

Chapter 6. Principles of Social Cognition and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
(Benjamin J. Edner and Clair Cassiello-Robbins)

Chapter 7. Managing Cognitive Dissonance and Self-Justification in Counseling Settings
(Ashley J. Britton)

Chapter 8. The Psychology of Hazing
(Lauren Bigham)

Chapter 9. Cognitive Dissonance and East-West Cultural Differences
(Yi-Chen [Jenny] Wu and Geoff Bathje)

Chapter 10. Self-Discrepancy and Mental Health
(JungSu Oh)

Chapter 11. Combatting Body Image Dissatisfaction in African American Girls
(Courtney Williams)

Chapter 12. Positive Masculinity: Counseling Men through a Prosocial and Strengths-Based Lens
(Bret A. Ringdahl)

Chapter 13. Aggression in Offenders: A Biopsychosocial Approach and Implications for Treatment
(Brittany A. Field and Katie K. Robinson)

Chapter 14. Managing Anger and Relational Aggression
(Bailey Nevels)
Chapter 15. Dealing with Aggression in Therapy
(Anthony W. Hansen)

Chapter 16. Social Exclusion, Hostile Attribution Bias, and Other Contributors to School Violence
(Dontavious Ford and Paloma Ocampo)

Chapter 17. Implications of Research on Prejudice for Counseling Practice
(Rebekah Estevez)

Chapter 18. Not by the Job, nor the Day, but by My Life: Black Student Resilience in Academia
(Reisha E. Moxley)

Chapter 19. Managing Stereotype Threat in Latinx and African American College Students
(Cindy Joseph and Ruben Atilano)

Chapter 20. Navigating Romantic Relationships: Considerations for Counselors
(Katherine Crosby Gross)

Chapter 21. Intimacy and Marital Stability in African American Couples
(Christina Clarke and Lauren Harper)

Chapter 22. Acculturation and Mental Health
(Fengkan Zhu)

Chapter 23. Global Climate Change, Environmental Psychology, and Weather Justice
(Alan E. Stewart)

Chapter 24. Social Psychology of Aging and Mental Health
(Elizabeth A. Stewart and Douglas A. Kleiber)

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