Pediatric Psychology

  • James W. Sturges
  • Ronald S. Drabman


When children have problems, where do their parents take them? Often they go to the pediatrician, no matter what the problem. Many of the questions parents ask pediatricians during checkups are about nonmedicai problems (Wissow, Roter, & Wilson, 1994), such as questions about a child’s behavior. Visits to the doctor, diseases, disabilities, and hospitalization all affect children’s psychological well-being. However, physicians usually do not have the time or training to provide psychological services to their patients (Roberts & Wright, 1982). This creates a need for mental health services and consultation in medical settings. Although pediatric psychologists address health issues more and are more likely to use a consultation-liaison model, pediatric and clinical child psychology overlap in their coverage of behavioral and emotional problems of children, and both require specialized training in vivo (Roberts & Walker, 1989).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Sturges
    • 1
  • Ronald S. Drabman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA

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