Critical Psychosocial Interventions: a scoping review

Dumani, Noxolo and Morkel, Jade and Malherbe, Nick and Cornell, Josephine and Suffla, Shahnaaz (2023) Critical Psychosocial Interventions: a scoping review. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 9 (2). ISSN 2421-2113

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Critical psychosocial interventions aim to improve and maintain well-being by addressing the individual and the social as a single psychosocial entity. Critical psychosocial interventions can assist in developing a holistic and context-sensitive understanding of suffering which can inform how suffering is addressed. As such, critical psychosocial interventions are informed by and go beyond conventional psychological interventions that locate psychological suffering and healing within the individual subject. Psychosocial interventions range greatly in their aim and scope, and little has been written on their general effectiveness. The purpose of this scoping review is to examine the effectiveness of critical psychosocial interventions. Using particular selection criteria, we conducted an online search of five prominent databases and two search engines. We found that although the particularities of the studies ranged greatly (e.g., their focus and method), there were also several similarities that cut across the different studies (e.g., they responded to a traumatic event and relied on existing resources within communities). In conclusion, we suggest some future directions for critical psychosocial intervention studies, including a stronger political focus, a focus on protracted psychosocial trauma, and a harnessing of resources beyond those that are immediately available.

Item Type: Article
2 August 2023Accepted
19 September 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: scoping review, critical psychosocial interventions, suffering, healing, community
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-01 - social sciences (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Josephine Cornell
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2023 15:57
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2023 16:01

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