Getting to the Root Cause(s)

It’s so easy to think social problems are simple. Take interpersonal violence for example. When it is discussed, most people ask, “Why does she stay?” For a few years in graduate school, I ran a randomized community survey that asked people to tell us what they thought of why violence against women happens and what should be done about it. It’s kind of amazing to hear what people think. Or maybe it’s not. It’s her fault. She probably did something to make him mad. Why doesn’t she just leave? Rarely, if ever, do people ask, “What is it about our society that allows violence to happen?” As a community psychologist, I am more interested in this question. (Not sure what a community psychologist does? (Click here to learn more). As we struggle on through the COVID-19 … [Read more...]