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Qualitative Research Methods for a Global Psychology

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Qualitative Research Methods for a Global Psychology

When you define psychology, it is likely that you think in terms of the science of the mind and behavior. Most introductory psychology textbooks and resources for other psychology classes emphasize a cause-and-effect scientific model, which typifies traditional psychology in the United States, First World countries, and the Western hemisphere in general. Throughout this course and in your course text, you read about American psychology, which in this case refers to the United States. You also read about Western psychology, which is representative of the discipline in the United States, the Western world, and First World countries. Alternative psychologies evolved independently of Western psychology because they are suitable for the needs of non-Western cultures. One notable difference is that alternative psychologies prioritize collective or group processes over isolated individual processes. Alternative psychologies view individuals as reflections of the larger culture or society. While the individual alternative psychologies do have differences, in addition to the shared collective focus, they also have common themes as outlined in your course text: meaning-making, collective construction of psychological reality, time-dependent processes, and normative explanations. One area of alternative psychology, liberation psychology, addresses the needs of the poor and the oppressed in Latin America. In looking at this cultural group, liberation psychology attempts to improve the conditions of the entire community rather than address an individual outside the group. Liberation psychology also helps people understand what they need in order to facilitate change. In the Adelante Foundation video clip that takes place in Honduras, liberation psychology empowers women to address their challenges. The Adelante Foundation’s program applies liberation psychology to challenging situations. The foundation also offers financial support to Honduran women. To prepare for this Discussion: Review Chapter 6 in your textbook,Toward a Global Psychology: Theory, Research, Intervention, and Pedagogy. Pay particular attention to the sections about alternative psychologies and liberation psychology. View the video clip about poverty and Honduran women on the Adelante Foundation Web site. (Note:You may wish to view it more than once.) Identify the issues that you think are particularly challenging for the women depicted in the video. Focus on one that particularly interests you. Reflect on how the common themes of alternative psychologies are evidenced in liberation psychology and in how the Adelante Foundation applies them to help the women in the video clip. With these thoughts in mind: Post by Day 4 a description of at least one issue that you think is particularly challenging for the women depicted in the video. Explain how the Adelante Foundation applies liberation psychology to help women address the issue you identified. Be sure to include how liberation psychology reflects at least two of the themes common to alternative psychologies.


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