Com·mu·ni·ty

1.  a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
"the scientific community"

2.  a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
"the sense of community that organized religion can provide"

The definition of community is almost identical to society. We think the term "proximity" is the differentiator between community and society. Often the terms society and community are used interchangeably, for our purposes we define community as: An area that encapsulates ALL individuals living within a set geographical location in which the individuals cohabitate in close proximity.

The Importance of an Ecological Approach in Community Psychology

How the intricate ways of different parts of the community affect one another. Understanding the interdependence that each system has, and how each part of the system affects the other, can serve as a guide in determining practices and interventions that may be used or implemented to help serve the community.

Having the broader perspective of a community allows for a community psychologist to identify the multiple parts, and relationships, within a social system that are in need of assistance and those that will be reinforced. Failing to have a broad view of the community could lead to key areas of the social system that are in need of assistance to be overlooked and neglected, which in turn will inadvertently lead to the interventions implemented to fail.

How does community development improve quality of life?
Helping local communities and society to better meet basic human needs; to improve standards of health and living; and to develop financial discipline will all help the nation achieve sustainable progress. We likewise work to promote financial literacy and savings discipline. ...

Demographic analysis is a technique used to develop an understanding of the age, sex, and racial composition of a population and how it has changed over time through the basic demographic processes of birth, death, and migration. Demographic Analysis (usually abbreviated as DA) also refers to a specific set of techniques for developing national population estimates by age, sex, and race from administrative records to be used to assess coverage in the decennial census. The DA estimates are used to produce estimates of net coverage error, which are calculated as the percent difference between the DA estimates and the census counts.

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