Clinical Psychology, Historical Roots of
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Routh, D. K. 2010. Clinical Psychology, Historical Roots of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Clinical psychology is probably the most common specialty within psychology around the world today (Lunt & Portinga, 1996). Its principal aims include the study of psychopathology and its assessment and treatment. Many clinical psychologists are also concerned with the psychological aspects of physical health problems as well. This same territory is shared by a number of other professional disciplines, including psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing, and various types of counseling and psychotherapy. Compared to professionals in these neighboring fields, present-day clinical psychologists are distinctive in the quality of their training in research, behavior therapy, and objective assessment methods.