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Pediatric Psychology

  1. Ronald T. Brown,
  2. Abby B. Harvey

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0650

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Brown, R. T. and Harvey, A. B. 2010. Pediatric Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. Temple University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Pediatric psychology focuses on issues associated with chronic and acute illnesses that confront children, adolescents, and their families. Pediatric psychologists' domains of interest include, but are not limited to, chronic illness, psychosocial adjustment, quality of life, adaptation associated with illness, illness and injury prevention, health services research, and health promotion and public health. The field of pediatric psychology is little more than 35 years old. It grew from clinical and developmental psychology and was influenced by Jerome Kagan, Jonas Salk, Logan Wright, and Donald Routh.


  • chronic illness;
  • primary care