Essay about Examination of Clinical Psychology

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Running head: EXAMINATION OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Examination of Clinical Psychology
University of Phoenix
PST/480
Karen Wilson
Nov 14, 2011

Examination of Clinical Psychology
Clinical psychology is a very important as well as popular part of the field of psychology that is used very often. To begin, a definition of clinical psychology will be included. According to APA (2009) “Clinical psychology attempts to use the principles of psychology to better understand, predict, and alleviate ‘intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of human functioning’” (Plante, 2011, p. 5). The following paper will first describe the history and evolving nature of clinical psychology.
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Psychology will always be an increasingly popular area of study, and will always be used to help people identify mental issues he or she may be facing. Today, psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate major in most colleges and universities, and clinical psychology is the most popular specialty area within psychology (Plante, 2011). This field will continue to grow in the future, as it has in the past. For instance, Money magazine and other publications have listed clinical psychologists as one of the “hottest jobs” one can have (Plante, 2011, APA, 2009). Psychology is such an interesting field, and such a useful field, that it will be around until the end of time and will probably bring with it more insight and answers to questions that have yet to be answered. The next item to be discussed is the role of research and statistics in clinical psychology.
Research and Statistics in Clinical Psychology Research plays a major role in the field of clinical psychology. According to Plante (2011) “Research is at the foundation of all clinical psychology activities” (p. 10). Since there is a huge demand from the public for the applications of psychology to everyday life, research is in high demand as well (Thorne, 2000). This research has been in demand because of difficulty applying the experimental methods to the study of individual cases, and

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