Handbook of Applied Developmental Science in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Amina Abubakar
  • Fons J.R. van de Vijver

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introductory Note

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amina Abubakar, Fons J. R. van de Vijver
      Pages 3-12
  3. Social-Cultural Influences on Child Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Marc H. Bornstein, Diane L. Putnick, Paul Oburu, Jennifer E. Lansford, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Robert H. Bradley et al.
      Pages 15-53
    3. Patricia Kadzo Kitsao-Wekulo, Penny Holding, Robert H. Bradley, H. Gerry Taylor, Jane Kvalsvig, Nori Minich et al.
      Pages 55-73
    4. Amina Abubakar, Stanley W. Wanjala, Anneloes L. Van Baar
      Pages 87-98
  4. Biomedical Influences on Child Development

  5. Methodological Considerations

  6. Intervention Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Bryan Novak, Bruno Giordani, Michael Boivin, Brian Winn
      Pages 281-290
    3. Robert Serpell, Jacqueline Jere-Folotiya, Tamara Chansa-Kabali, Jonathan Munachaka, Mwanza Nakawala Maumbi, Christopher Yalukanda et al.
      Pages 313-334
    4. Elias Mpofu, Lisa Lopez Levers, Jonathan Makuwira, Kumbirai Mpofu, George Mamboleo
      Pages 335-345
  7. From Research to Policy and Practice

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 389-417

About this book


This handbook collates research evidence and presents the most up-to-date findings on child development in Sub-Saharan Africa. It discusses complex risk factors and medical conditions affecting childhood outcomes, and spotlights emerging programs for enhancing literacy and cognitive development. The panel of expert contributors offer needed context and knowledge to the discussion of previously understudied topics. Chapters present proven intervention strategies currently in use across the diverse region. In addition, this handbook provides guidelines for culturally sensitive and ethical research that will inform practice and help shape policy goals and initiatives. Topics featured in the Handbook include:


·         Fatherhood in the African context.

·         Sibling care-giving and its implications in Sub-Saharan Africa.

·         Nutritional status, infections, and child development

·         Diabetes in Sub-Saharan African children.

·         How to adapt tests for Sub-Saharan Africa.

·         Interventions aimed at children and caregivers.

·         A culturally sensitive approach to conducting research and promoting initial literacy development in Africa.


The Handbook of Applied Developmental Science in Sub-Saharan Africa is a must-have resource for researchers, professionals/scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in child, school, and developmental psychology, as well as pediatrics, social work, public health, and education.       


Applied child development in Sub-Saharan Africa Applied developmental science in non-Western settings Assessing mental health needs of African children Biomedical influences on child development in SSA Child well-being in Sub-Saharan Africa Diabetes in African children and adolescents Ethical issues in child development research in SSA Helminth infections and educational outcomes in Africa Infectious diseases and child cognitive development in SSA Lifestyles diseases and child development in Africa Mother-infant interaction in African context Noncommunicable diseases and child development in Africa Nutrition and child development in Sub-Saharan Africa Parenting in sub-Saharan Africa Promoting literacy in Africa School interventions in SSA Social-emotional development in African children The home environment and child development in SSA Theories of language acquisition in African context Training issues and clinical work with children in SSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Amina Abubakar
    • 1
  • Fons J.R. van de Vijver
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Culture StudiesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Culture StudiesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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