Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI: 10.4135/9781848607927 | Print ISBN: 9781412907804 | Online ISBN: 9781848607927| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 24: Clinical Psychology
Clinical psychology Clinical psychology ‘aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being by the systematic application of knowledge derived from psychological theory and data’ (British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology, 2001: 2). In reviewing qualitative research in clinical psychology, I will provide examples from a range of specialties (e.g. work with adults, children, people with learning disabilities and so on) and so I will not duplicate the significant literatures in forensic psychology (see Chapter 28 ), health psychology (see Chapter 22 ), developmental psychology (see Chapter 23 ) or psychotherapy and counselling research (see Chapter 25 ). Most of the studies I discuss here have either been conducted by clinical psychologists, or included clinical psychologists in the research team. Some studies are by academic researchers but are either on a clinical topic or have been published in clinical psychology-related journals. The predominant model of clinical ...