Social Psychology and Counseling: Issues and Applications

Douglas A. Kleiber, PhD and Edward Delgado-Romero, PhD (Editors)
Professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, University of Georgia

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)



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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)

About the Authors and Editors


“Counseling psychology has changed significantly during the last century. This book has recognized these changes and will help teachers, providers and researchers prepare future counseling psychologists for what they will need to know. Future counseling psychologists must be able to have more than the skills needed to help individuals develop mental well-being, a concept of self and an ability to function in everyday life. Counseling psychologists will need to understand how environmental influences such as cultural, gender and lifestyle issues shape one’s experiences. They must know how issues such as race, poverty, sexual orientation and climate change relate to helping those with whom they work develop the ability to function effectively. Moreover, counseling psychologists must be prepared to respond when these cultural issues became social movements and to work with topics such as diversity, social justice and advocacy.” - Steven J. Danish, Ph.D. ABPP, President, Life Skills Associates, LLC, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

“I believe it will be a wonderful companion for several classes in a graduate counseling program (master’s level): Human Development, Theories of Personality, Counseling Techniques and Skills. In my opinion, having students learn about particular social issues and personality variables and the associated social psychological research allows them to increase their ability to contextualize their clients and understand the socio-cultural and individual complexities of working with the populations/clinical issues included in the book. Having contributors who are involved in teaching, research, and practice is another strength of this volume.” - Kathryn L. Norsworthy, Ph.D., Professor and Licensed, Psychologist, Rollins College Graduate Studies in Counseling, USA

All psychologists seeking licensure must cover the core discipline requirements such as social, developmental, etc. in addition to their clinical/organizational training specific to their discipline. This book integrates social psychology with issues relevant to all psychologists and related mental health professionals. It will also appeal to the lay person who has an interest in applied social psychology with particular relevance to modern issues such as immigration, prejudice and social justice.

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