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Volume 1, Issue 1 (1972)

Editorial Introduction: School Psychology - A Developmental Diagnosis

pp. 1—3

The profession of school psychology has not yet reached maturity. To be sure it has profited greatly from its well-nourished infancy and childhood years and has recently emerged robustly into adolescence. However, in typical adolescent fashion, it occasionally displays impatience and arrogance in its attitudes toward the “establishment ;” an obsessive concern with its image; a pressing need to gain approval and popularity - sometimes to the point of indiscriminate imitation of others; and marked insecurity accompanied by occasional regression to coping strategies that once were appropriate but may no longer be functional. For the most part, the symptoms are familiar and the diagnosis quite clear - school psychology is involved in a full-blown identity crisis.

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