Many psychologists would agree that most emotional and behavioral problems are essentially social and interpersonal problems. Not only are psychological difficulties typically caused or maintained by interpersonal processes, but problems typically manifest themselves in the course of personal relationships. Many emotional and behavioral problems are rooted in "normal" interpersonal processes—precisely the processes that social psychology describes. The Social Psychology of Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Interfaces of Social and Clinical Psychology documents the rich interplay between social and clinical psychology in theory and research.
Since the 1980's, great strides have been made in integrating aspects of social and clinical psychology. Researchers now study psychological difficulties from social psychological perspectives, and graduate programs are becoming increasingly receptive to cross-fertilization between social and clinical psychology. This volume not only details the interface between the fields but also helps to solidify their mutually beneficial coexistence.