IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology


The IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology, an up-to-date and authoritative reference, provides a critical overview of applied psychology from an international perspective.
  • ?Brings together articles by leading authorities from around the world
  • ?Provides the reader with a complete overview of the field and highlights key research findings
  • ?Divided into three parts: professional psychology, substantive areas of applied psychology, and special topics in applied psychology
  • ?Explores the challenges, opportunities, and potential future developments in applied psychology
  • ?Features comprehensive coverage of the field, including topics as diverse as clinical health psychology, environmental psychology, and consumer psychology


Michael C. Roberts, Bridget K. Biggs, Yo Jackson, and Ric G. Steele

Mental and behavioural problems during childhood and adolescence are a serious public
health concern. About half of all lifetime mental disorders begin before the age of 14
years. Worldwide prevalence rates for child and adolescent mental disorders are around
20% with similar types of disorders across cultures … the gap in mental-health services
for children and adolescents with mental disorders is evident in virtually all countries at
a time when the need has never been greater. (Belfer & Saxena, 2006, p. 551)

Clinical child psychology as a research and practice specialty of applied psychology seeks to investigate and remediate mental health problems for children, adolescents, and their families. Aspects of clinical child psychology are found in different countries with a broad range of populations, settings, problems, assessment, and intervention techniques. As noted in one definition,

The research and practices of Clinical Child Psychology are focused on understanding,
preventing, diagnosing, and treating psychological, cognitive, emotional, developmental,
behavioral, and family problems of children. Of particular importance to clinical child
and adolescent psychologists is a scientific understanding of the basic psychological needs
of children and adolescents and how the family and other social contexts influence socio
emotional adjustment, cognitive development, behavioral adaptation, and health status
of children and adolescents. (Clinical Child Psychology Formal Specialty Definition,

Several efforts and developments in the United States, as one example of formalizing the clinical child psychology specialty, include recognition as a specialty in professional psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA: Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology, 2009) . . .

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