According to the late Professor Rudolph Schaffer, an eminent figure in the field who wrote widely on the topic, child psychology is the scientific study of children's behavior and development. It follows, therefore that a child psychologist attempts to describe and explain children's behavior and the way it changes over time.
In essence, the aim of child psychology is to assemble an objective knowledge base that can provide insight into both the nature of childhood generally as well as the distinctive characteristics of individual children.
Clinical Child Psychology
"Clinical child psychology is a specialty in professional psychology that develops and applies scientific knowledge to the delivery of psychological services to infants, toddlers, children and adolescents within their social context." (American Psychological Association.)
Topic areas addressed within clinical child psychology include.
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Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology is Division 53 of the American Psychological Association.
The Division’s purpose is to encourage the development and advancement of clinical child and adolescent psychology through integration of its scientific and professional aspects. The division promotes scientific inquiry, training, professional practice, and public policy in clinical child and adolescent psychology as a means of improving the welfare and mental health of children, youth, and families.
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