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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 31: School Psychology in Puerto Rico
School Psychology in Puerto Rico
Context of School Psychology
Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean Sea that is part of the Major Antilles archipelago. The country is surrounded by palm-fringed beaches, and the central region includes mountains of volcanic origin, with a tropical climate and luscious, varied vegetation, rivers, and fauna. The country consists of approximately 9,104 square kilometers (about 100 miles long and 35 miles wide). It is densely populated, with almost 4 million people; about 25% of the population lives in San Juan, its capital, and surrounding area. The gross product in 2004 was US$53.380 million, US$13,5900 per capita. Services (55%) and industry (45%) are the major employment opportunities, and unemployment is estimated at 12% (Puerto Rico Planning ...