"In times of deep social changes like the present, specialised professionals are needed to respond to new needs.
We live in a rapidly changing world: although we have taken great strides towards achieving equality between men and women, violence against women has increased. We now have longer life expectancies but we only envisage care for people who are dependent. We place great emphasis on assistance for people with disabilities but we do not encourage independent life projects. We protect children and prevent risk situations but do not place enough emphasis on positive socialisation.
We foster economic and social development but we leave many people out: those plagued by poverty, social exclusion, etc. which places them at a disadvantage not only socially but also psychologically.
These complex human needs and problems call for in-depth knowledge of their dynamics and possible ways to tackle and solve them. Social Psychology, understood as an eminently applied discipline, looks to offer solutions to social problems through study of the social, political, economic and cultural scope where they take place.
Some of the main characteristics of Social Psychology include: an ecological approach when analysing the current situation and social and individual processes. This is a discipline more centred on developing resources and potential than filling in gaps. One of its distinctive features is a commitment to prevention."