|Abraham P Buunk||University of Groningen, The Netherlands|
|Mark Van Vugt||University of Kent at Canterbury|
|© 2008||176 pages||SAGE Publications Ltd|
`This is a highly readable book dealing with an exciting topic, applied social psychology, which is at the heart of many urgent problems of the new millennium. It is well suited for curing the disease of those who still believe there is an opposition between fundamental and applied research, between theories and practice. The major asset of this volume lies in the originality and strength of the PATH concept -- from problem definition, over analysis, and test, to helping. I like the idea to implement and institutionalize this framework in teaching and in education' - Klaus Fiedler, University of Heidelberg
Introducing a new methodological approach for doing applied psychology, the PATH model, this book offers a simple, systematic, step-by-step, easy-to-use methodology for applying primarily social psychological theory to a wide range of social problems, from tackling crime and prejudice to fostering environmental conservation and team performance.
It helps and guides students to define a problem, conduct a theory-based analysis, develop an explanatory model, set up and execute a research project to test the model, and develop an intervention.
Applying Social Psychology is a highly practical text, which can be used by introductory and advanced level students who want to learn how to analyze practical problems and develop solutions for these problems based upon social psychological theory and research.
Written in an engaging and accessible way, this book offers:
1. A new methodological model put forward by the authors (PATH model);
2. Real world case studies;
3. End of chapter exercises;
4. Interviews with leading social psychologists;
5.Glossary of key theories and concepts in social psychology;
6. Recommended further reading.