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The Handbook of International School Psychology provides a description of the specialty of psychology devoted to the global provision of services to children and youth, their teachers, and parents. Authors from 43 countries provide valuable information and insights regarding the following areas: the context of school psychology; the origin, history, and current status of school psychology; the infrastructure of school psychology; the preparation of school psychologists; the roles, functions, and responsibilities of school psychologists; current issues impacting school psychology; and key references.
Chapter 21: School Psychology in Jamaica
School Psychology in Jamaica
Context of School Psychology
Jamaica gained full independence within the British Commonwealth in 1962 and currently includes 14 administrative divisions, referred to as parishes. Jamaica is the largest of the English-speaking West Indian islands. Situated in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica covers an area of 10,991 square kilometres (4,411 square miles). Its greatest width is 80 kilometres (51 miles), from St. Ann's Bay to Portland Point. The distance from Kingston to the nearest point on the north coast, Annotto Bay, is 36 kilometres (22 miles). Historically, the Jamaican economy has had an agricultural base, dependent on a few staple export crops, primarily sugar and bananas. New economic development began with bauxite mining (after 1952) and the tourism boom in the ...