In International Perspectives on Children and Mental Health, expert contributors from around the world examine the forces affecting the psychological well-being of children in regions worldwide. They consider such factors as family conditions and economic status, including single parents, poverty, disease, war, child abuse, substance abuse in the home, and a loss of community stability. And they look at political, religious, national, and global matters, including racism and class inequality. Since education is key to children's success, the essays consider these factors largely in the context of how they affect educational readiness and academic adjustment.
Volume 1 of the set considers development and context, while volume 2 focuses on prevention and treatment. Specific examples enable readers to better understand the often-horrific challenges to child development and mental health across nations. But the work is not limited to exploring problems. It also looks at various programs and actions that mitigate risks, helping children to be mentally healthy despite the odds.
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There are some 2.2 billion children worldwide; 640 million do not have adequate shelter; 130 million in developing countries are not in primary school, while another 150 million drop out before they complete five years of education. From Bolivian street children to youngsters living in chronic war zones such as Palestine, theirs are dilemmas that need to be considered.About the Author:
Hiram E. Fitzgerald, PhD, is series editor of the Praeger series Child Psychology and Mental Health. He is associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement and university distinguished professor of psychology at Michigan State University and adjunct professor of psychiatry, The University of Michigan. Kaija Puura, MD, PhD, is adjunct professor in the Department of Child Psychiatry at the University of Tampere, Finland, and assistant chief of Child Psychiatry at Tampere University Hospital. Mark Tomlinson, PhD, is associate professor at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is an executive board member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, president of the Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health, and vice president of the Postnatal Depression Support Association. Campbell Paul, MD, is a consultant infant psychiatrist and coordinator of Infant Mental Health at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He is an honorary principal fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. He has worked in hospital-based child and adolescent psychiatry for many years and established a graduate diploma and masters program in Infant Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.
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