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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Family Therapy and Therapy with Children
Family therapy and therapy with children

As the 21st century unfolds, substantial percentages of young people experience significant developmental, emotional, and behavioral problems; engage in multiple high-risk behaviors; and lack the environmental support and resources fundamental for optimal health and well-being. Despite the general prosperity of the last half of the 20th century, the percentage of children living in poverty has almost doubled, rising from 15 to 28 percent (Bianchi & Caspar, 2000), with 1 in 10 of these children likely experiencing homelessness. The increasing economic and societal pressures and uncertainties about the future place children and their families at greater risk for the development of mental health problems. Between 17 and 22 percent, or 14 million of our nation's ...

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