Book Chapter

Correctional psychology: A short history and current standing

Devon Polaschek, Andrew Day, Clive Hollin

The International Handbook of Correctional Psychology | Wiley Blackwell | Published : 2019


Correctional psychology is much practiced, but rarely defined. Contemporary correctional systems have employed psychologists for many years now, but it is by no means easy to describe the professional roles of those who work in correctional settings.1 Additional challenges have arisen that followed the introduction of legislation that defines psychologists as allied health practitioners (Allan, 2013), given that some, if not most, of the work that correctional psychologists do does not fall neatly into the category of a health service. It is also the case that correctional practice does not always closely align with the academic research and teaching of psychology that underpins it (Brodsky,..

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