HIV/AIDS, beersellers and critical community health psychology in Cambodia: A case study

I. Lubek*, H. Lee, S. Kros, M.L. Wong, T. van Merode, Jing Liu, T. McCreanor, R. Idema, C. Campbell

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This case study illustrates a participatory framework for confronting critical community health issues using grass-roots' research-guided community-defined interventions. Ongoing work in Cambodia has culturally adapted research, theory and practice for particular, local health-promotion responses to HIV/AIDS, alcohol abuse and other challenges in the community of Siem Reap. For resource-poor communities in Cambodia, we recycle such older' concepts as empowerment' and action research'. We re-imagine community health psychology, when confronted with critical', life-and-death issues, as adjusting its research and practices to local, particular ontological and epistemological urgencies of trauma, morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-116
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Cambodia
  • community health
  • critical
  • empowerment
  • HIV
  • AIDS

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