Child and adolescent development: An expanded focus for public health in Africa

Child and adolescent development: An expanded focus for public health in Africa

By: Mark Tomlinson (editor), Arnold J. Sameroff (editor)Paperback

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While 90% of the 135 million infants born in the world each year live in low-income or developing countries, in a recent survey only 4% of the articles in 12 major international infancy and developmental journals were found to address the experience of infants living in the developing world. Yet, in conditions of extreme poverty and instability, conditions characteristic of Africa, the pressures on parents differ markedly from those facing parents in communities that are typically the focus of research in child development. This timely book addresses the dearth of literature in this area. There is an increasing awareness of the need for a broader knowledge base regarding infant and child development. One of the consequences of this awareness is a burgeoning interest in research in the field in Africa. The recent World Health Organization report `Social Determinants of Health' has focused the interest of the academy on factors outside traditional medicine, on the social determinants of later problems and the profound inequities that exist as a result of poverty and how these impact on infant and child development. This volume will sit squarely within this context and will offer a broad contextualised understanding of the factors that impact upon infant and child development in Africa. Unlike other works on the subject it is Africa-wide in its scope, with case studies in Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi and South Africa. Recommended for: Academics, students and practitioners in psychology, including developmental psychology, child clinical psychology, developmental psychopathology, psychiatry, human ecology, and those in schools of education. It will also be of interest to nurses and paediatricians, health workers and for those interested in early childhood development.

About Author

Dr Mark Tomlinson is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and is the Regional Editor (Africa) for the international journal Global: The Journal of Human Population Health and Development.


Chapter 1: Key issues affecting infant and child development in Africa - Mark Tomlinson (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Charlotte Hanlon (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and King's College, UK), and Anne Petersen (Harvard University, USA); Chapter 2: Mental health policy in Africa: Gaps, needs and priorities for infants and children - Crick Lund (University of Cape Town, South Africa); Chapter 3: Applying a mixed-methods model to planning and evaluating child mental health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa - Theresa Betancourt, Sarah Meyers-Ohki, Anne Stevenson (Harvard School of Public Health, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, USA); Christina Mushashi (Partners In Health, Rwanda); Chapter 4: Culture and Attachment in Africa - Hiltrud Otto and Heidi Keller (University of Osnabrueck, Germany); Chapter 5: The Nigerian adolescent: Perspectives on physical, mental, social growth and development - Olayinka O. Omigbodun, Tolulope T. Bella-Awusah (University of Ibadan, Nigeria); Chapter 6: Infant and child development: Key considerations for a broad vision of health research - Jane Chege (World Vision International, Zambia), Jennifer Franz-Vasdeki (Independent Research Consultant, Geneva), Stefan Germann (World Vision International, Geneva and Nelson Mandela Metro University, South Africa), Mesfin Loha (World Vision East Africa Regional Office, Nairobi) and Thiago Luchesi (World Vision International, Geneva and Geneva Graduate Institute for International Development); Chapter 7: Child development and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa: Identifying challenges and planning solutions - Lucie Cluver, Mark Orkin, Mark Boyes (Oxford University, UK); Roshan Baban, Lebo Madisha; Chapter 8: Maternal depression and child development: Existing sub-Saharan Africa evidence and an Ethiopian example - Charlotte Hanlon (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and King's College, UK); Chapter 9: Childhood cognitive development and its correlates in sub-Saharan Africa: What should we be measuring in the context of urban poverty? - Penny Holding (International Centre for Behavioural Studies, Kenya); Jean Christophe Fotso, Patricia A. Elung'ata (African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya); Chapter 10: The birth to twenty study - Linda Richter, Sara Naicker, Shane A Norris (HSRC and MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit); Chapter 11: Malawi: Cultural conceptualisations of child development - Melissa Gladstone (University of Liverpool, UK), Mary Phiri (Sub-Saharan Africa Family Enrichment, Zambia); Chapter 12: Infant Mental Health Research in Africa: Call for Action for Research in the Next Ten Years - Mark Tomlinson (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Barak Morgan (University of Cape Town); Chapter 13: Conclusions and the way forward - Anne Petersen (University of Michigan, USA), Peter Baguma (Uganda), Noel Malanda (Kenya).

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  • ISBN13: 9781919895512
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781919895512
  • ISBN10: 1919895515

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