Child behavioral health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards evidence generation and policy development

Fred M. Ssewamala, Ozge Sensoy Bahar, Mary M. McKay

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This book highlights the emerging research and policy development efforts to address child and adolescent behavioral health in Sub-Saharan Africa, where mental health policy is at an early stage and in need of context-specific attention to its successes and shortcomings. A diverse range of researchers, with expertise on relevant policy in both the region as a whole and country-specific contexts, including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda, outline theoretically informed, culturally appropriate, evidence-based, and youth- and family-focused service models. The first work of its kind with an exclusive focus on the understudied region of Sub-Saharan Africa, this text: Provides an overview of the current state of child and adolescent behavioral health in the region Evaluates empirical work on risk and protective factors influencing behavioral outcomes Highlights emerging intervention research and dialogue on what works to improve child and adolescent behavioral health Offers insight and strategies on how to advance child and adolescent behavioral health in policy, research, and practice Child Behavioral Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards Evidence Generation and Policy Development is a unique reference that offers guidance for current and future policy-makers, researchers, practitioners, and students as they seek to invest and engage in the healthy development of a future generation.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages342
ISBN (Electronic)9783030837075
ISBN (Print)9783030837068
StatePublished - 22 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent health
  • Adolescents and youth in subsaharan africa
  • Child and adolescent behavioral health
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Child behavioral health in emergency settings
  • Child behavioral health interventions
  • Conflict and displacement
  • Global mental health
  • Global social work
  • Non-kin support networks
  • Public health policy in Sub-Saharan Africa


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