JCPP – The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry: a history from the inside


  • Conflict of interest statement: MB and LH are former Editors of the JCPP. LH is currently Book Review Editor for the Journal. MB is the Honorary Treasurer of Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a registered charity, and both authors sit on the Board of the Association.

Prof. Michael Berger, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK; Email:


As the JCPP marks its 50th year of publication, this paper revisits the founding philosophy and traces the journey from the first issue through to the present. The history of the JCPP reflects the many changes that have come about in the fields of developmental psychology and child and adolescent psychiatry and the changes introduced both to meet the needs and shape the practices of clinicians and researchers. It documents the achievements of the Journal and the contributions made by many in enabling its success. As the JCPP moves forward it will enjoy the benefits of the major technological and other advances being made in research, in the evolving and expanding knowledge base, and in the modes of publication, as well as needing to manage the associated challenges that will inevitably impact on its future.