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The increasing relevance of European rural young people in policy agendas: Contributions from community psychology

Simões, Francisco ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5290-9086, Fernandes-Jesus, Maria ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8868-1968, Marta, Elena ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2119-5148, Albanesi, Cinzia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8240-6159 and Carr, Nicholas (2023) The increasing relevance of European rural young people in policy agendas: Contributions from community psychology. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 33 (1). pp. 3-13.

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Our paper aims to provide a short guide on how community psychologists can contribute to the improvement of rural young people's prospects. After briefly introducing the demographic trends of these young people in continental Europe for the past decade, we list the current challenges faced by rural European young generations, as well as the opportunities emerging for them from the twin transition that can inspire the community psychology field. We then contextualize community psychologists' interventions in this domain according to an ecological-systemic standpoint and by embracing a Participatory Action Research (PAR) perspective on research and practice. We further detail the reasons for adopting a PAR approach in research and practice to address rural young people's challenges and opportunities. Finally, we highlight four potential intermediation missions to uphold community psychologists' rural youth development input, based on the adopted theoretical and methodological standpoint. We conclude that our short guide can facilitate community psychology professionals' complete understanding of rural young generations' prospects, in line with the expected increase in the need for rural young people's participation. Our proposal may also have long-term benefits for rural communities by contributing to the redesigning of intergenerational relationships and securing critical mass.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2640
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/6512

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