Main themes and missing elements in psychological research into child maltreatment in Africa

Dunne, Michael P. (2008) Main themes and missing elements in psychological research into child maltreatment in Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 19(1), pp. 131-134.

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Abstract

These 18 papers on aspects of violence against children add to a growing body of African literature that tends to focus on four major themes. The first three are generic to research worldwide, and include efforts to uncover the extent of adverse experiences during childhood, describe the effects on health and well-being, and examine professional practices, concepts and myths. The fourth theme is more particular to Africa, and is focused on understanding how to protect children within the context of poverty, some harmful traditional practices and community violence. Despite best efforts by researchers and child rights advocates, there are missing elements in the research to date, including scant focus on the problems of emotional abuse and neglect, and limited attention to evaluation of the effectiveness of prevention and care programs.

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ID Code: 89083
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: main themes, psychological research, child maltreatment, Africa
ISSN: 1433-0237
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Routledge
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2015 04:11
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 02:35

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