Importance of Policy

  • Joseph A. Durlak
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


In general, social policy refers to the rules governing the behavior of individuals in a particular setting. Sometimes, the rules are fixed such as in regulations or laws; at other times, the rules are more flexible such as a policy that authorizes new services but does not specify exactly service delivery or eligibility. At a very fundamental level, social policies serve as guidelines in managing relationships and distributing available resources among individuals, groups, institutions, and communities.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph A. Durlak
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  1. 1.Loyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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