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Child psychiatry in Africa

Edited by Olayinka Omigbodun

There is a significant lack of research into child and adolescent mental health in low-GDP nations, especially when compared to that in the developed world. In particular, Africa represents unique challenges and opportunities, with a very young population, many of whom live in exceptionally difficult circumstances. To address this lack of research, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation approved a grant for “Building Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) capacity in Africa”, to create a cadre of professional researchers in the region. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health is delighted to publish the first fruits of their research in this thematic series on ‘Child psychiatry in Africa’.

  1. Research article

    Effect of a mental health training programme on Nigerian school pupils’ perceptions of mental illness

    Stigmatizing attitudes and discriminatory behaviour towards persons with mental illness are known to start in childhood. In Nigeria, it is not unusual to see children taunting persons with mental illness. This...

    Adeola Oluwafunmilayo Oduguwa, Babatunde Adedokun and Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2017 11:19

    Published on: 7 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Effect of attention-deficit–hyperactivity-disorder training program on the knowledge and attitudes of primary school teachers in Kaduna, North West Nigeria

    There are indications that teachers have limited knowledge about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), despite its high prevalence in childhood and its long-term effects on students such as academic...

    Dupe Lasisi, Cornelius Ani, Victor Lasebikan, Lateef Sheikh and Olayinka Omigbodun

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2017 11:15

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Feasibility of parent-mediated behavioural intervention for behavioural problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Nigeria: a pilot study

    Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a disabling and lifelong neuro-developmental disorder. Challenging behaviours such as aggression and self injury are common maladaptive behaviours in ASD which adversely affe...

    Mashudat Bello-Mojeed, Cornelius Ani, Ike Lagunju and Olayinka Omigbodun

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2016 10:28

    Published on: 2 September 2016

  4. Research article

    Effect of a classroom-based intervention on the social skills of pupils with intellectual disability in Southwest Nigeria

    Studies have demonstrated that social skill interventions and classroom supports are effective for pupils with intellectual disability. Such interventions have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of developin...

    Yetunde C. Adeniyi and Olayinka O. Omigbodun

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2016 10:29

    Published on: 2 September 2016

  5. Research article

    Effects of problem-solving interventions on aggressive behaviours among primary school pupils in Ibadan, Nigeria

    Aggressive patterns of behavior often start early in childhood, and tend to remain stable into adulthood. The negative consequences include poor academic performance, disciplinary problems and encounters with ...

    Jibril Abdulmalik, Cornelius Ani, Ademola J. Ajuwon and Olayinka Omigbodun

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2016 10:31

    Published on: 2 September 2016

  6. Research article

    Maternal depression and child psychopathology among Attendees at a Child Neuropsychiatric Clinic in Abeokuta, Nigeria: a cross sectional study

    Children with recognized, diagnosable mental and neurological disorders are in addition prone to emotional and behavioral problems which transcend their specific diagnostic labels. In accessing care, these chi...

    Adeniran O. Okewole, Abiodun O. Adewuya, Ademola J. Ajuwon, Tolulope T. Bella-Awusah and Olayinka O. Omigbodun

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2016 10:30

    Published on: 2 September 2016

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