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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 39: School Psychology in Switzerland
School Psychology in Switzerland
Context of School Psychology
Switzerland is located in Central Europe, with a western border of France, northern border of Germany, southern border of Italy, and eastern border of Austria. Its landmass is 41,000 square kilometers, a high percentage of which is the Alps. Switzerland is divided into 29 regional provinces, referred to as cantons. Its population, about 7.3 million (47% male; Bundesamt für Statistik, 2006), is varied culturally and uses four official languages: German, French, Italian, and a Roman-oriented language (Romansch). Among its population are 465,000 primary school students (6% of the population), 295,000 secondary school students (4%), and 400,000 students in higher education or apprenticeships (4%), about 90,000 of whom are attending a university. Persons ages 20 through ...