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Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice

  1. Carol Falender1,
  2. Patrick Tolan2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0902

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Falender, C. and Tolan, P. 2010. Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, Los Angeles

  2. 2

    Institute for Juvenile Research and University of Illinois at Chicago

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Division 37 of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, was founded in 1978. The impetus for its formation was to draw together individuals interested in advocacy and social policy for children and families. The founding members were from the Section on Clinical Child Psychology, then Section 1 of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 of APA (Routh & Culbertson, 1996). Through revisions of the division name, essential components have remained: application of psychological knowledge through advocacy for the welfare of families, children, and youth. The division has been a leader within APA in child mental health efforts, opposition to violence, and child welfare. Historically, Division 37 was regarded as a public interest division, but it has also had a substantial interest in practice and education.


  • child policies;
  • family policies;
  • psychology organization