Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology

Resources for students and teachers...

1. The Science and Practice of Abnormal Child Psychology

Learning Objectives
Describe the prevalence of childhood disorders and how prevalence varies as a function of children’s age, gender, socioeconomic status (SES), and ethnicity.
Critically evaluate the DSM-5 concept of “mental disorder” as it applies to children and adolescents.
Understand and give examples of some of the basic principles of developmental psychopathology.
Explain why evidence-based practice is important when treating children and families.

Note: The number before each objective shows its corresponding module in the text.


Ready to Study? Click here to access flashcards for key terms presented in the text. Flashcards are a great way to help you define, explain, and give examples of important terms and ideas. (You may need to create a free Quizlet account to access the flashcards.)

Test Your Critical Thinking

Ready to Review? Click here to review each of the research questions presented in the text. Review questions are a great way to test your application and critical thinking skills.


Evidence-Based Practice

William Pelham, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Florida International University, discusses the importance of finding a child therapist who engages in evidence-based practice.

A Portrait of Resilience

Malala Yousafzai lost access to education, was forced into exile, and was seriously injured by the Taliban. Nevertheless, she earned the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17.

Vaccine Wars

Although Andrew Wakefield's initial claim that vaccines cause autism has been discredited, some parents refuse to vaccinate their kids, placing them at risk for serious medical illnesses.

Learn More

American Psychological Association (APA)

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest professional association for psychologists. Psychology graduate and undergraduate students can become student affiliates of the organization. The APA is designed for professionals interested in all aspects of psychology: psychological research, clinical practice, consultation, and public policy. This link provides the latest information about the APA’s activities regarding children and adolescents.

Effective Child Therapy

The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology has developed a wonderful website that describes evidence-based interventions for children with psychological disorders and their families. It's not onyl an excellent resource for students, it's a great tool for parents who want to make sure their child is receiving the best, evidence-based care possible.

APA Division 12: Society of Clinical Psychology

The APA is divided into divisions, which reflect sub-disciplines within the broad field of psychology. Division 12 is dedicated to research and practice related to clinical psychology. The “treatments” tab on this site will direct you to evidence-based treatments for various disorders.

APA Division 16: School Psychology

Division 16 is dedicated to the research and practice of school psychology, the application of psychological science in schools. School psychologists work in educational settings, evaluating and treating children with a wide range of academic, behavioral, emotional, social problems. They also serve as consultants to school personnel and act as liaisons between schools and families.

APA Division 53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Division 53 is dedicated to the advancement of clinical child and adolescent psychology. Locate the section of this website that is labeled “student resources.” It contains information about the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology as well as the education and training experiences needed to become a professional child psychologist.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is an interdisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of a scientific approach to the understanding and treating psychological disorders. It is one of the leading organizations for the empirically based treatment of psychological disorders. On their website, locate the link “For the Public” and the subsection entitled Guidelines for Choosing a Behavior Therapist.

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

The Association for Psychological Science is an organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology. APS is comprised of psychologists chiefly interested in psychological research, teaching, and the application of psychological science to real-world phenomena. Students can become affiliates of the organization. On this site, try to locate the “students” page and learn more about how student affiliates can earn grant money to conduct research or attend the APS annual professional meeting.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

This is a good starting page for individuals interested in child and adolescent psychiatry. Students interested in becoming a child psychiatrist might consult the link for “Medical Students and Residents” to learn more information. There are also wonderful links for potential consumers of child and adolescent psychiatric services.

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

SRCD is a multidisciplinary professional organization that seeks to promote research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals, and to encourage applications of research findings. SRCD publishes Child Development, an outstanding journal on issues of developmental psychology and human development. On the SRCD webpage, try to locate the section entitled, “Ethical standards for research with children.”

Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP)

SSCP is a professional organization which seeks the integration of the scientist and the practitioner in training, research, and applied activities. It has affiliations with both the American Psychological Association (Division 12) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Try to find the wonderful “SSCP Students” section.