Community Psychology differs from most other sciences because it is fundamentally concerned with the relationship between social systems and individuals well being in the community context. This is quite a controversial issue because scientists have known it and all that science should be objective and not guided by any values. Now community psychology has come into play to test this theory. In the second chapter of Community Psychology, Prilleltensky authors say that community psychologists have been concerned with creating social change. Then what is science without change? G. Nelson and you are opposed to this theory and argue that the vision for the work of community psychology should be guided by a set of values.
Our values are what bring Community Psychology into action. As quoted in chapter two, Values derive from one's personal experiences, moral philosophy (Prilleltensky, 2001), and one's spiritual and religious beliefs (Hill, 2000; Mankowski & Rappaport, 2000). Community Psychology is said to be guided by six values- holism; health; caring, compassion, and support for community structures; self-determination, participation, and social justice; respect for diversity; and accountability to oppressed groups. Problems of community Psychology, such as the fight of domestic and sexual abuse, have come from peoples values that make them pursue to fight this issue. By using action-oriented research, Community Psychology can help our community fight this issue.
I believe that if it was not for our values, moral, and ethical well being, Community Psychology would not bring about social change. Groups that have came about to fight these issues, such as domestic and sexual abuse, have all colonized from guided values. Determination and self-motivation enable our communities to see this issues through, and therefore one day abolish them.
Nelson, G. & Prilleltensky, I. Chapter 2, The Project of Community Psychology: Issues, Values, and Tools for Liberation and Well being. Retrieved from http://www.education.miami.edu/isaac/public_web/chaptwo.htm