oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Problems and prospects of child mental health research in Nigeria



To date, very little has been published in Nigeria that can be called research in the area of child mental health. The few researches were categorized into clinical observations, surveys of behaviour problems in normal populations and attempts to study factors associated with mental health problems. The obstacles that hinder studies of child mental health problems were discussed. Suggestions made about the research needs in preventive mental health in Nigeria children include the collection of 'vital statistics', case-finding and identification studies, development and evaluation of mental health programmes and research into psychological treatment of children in the Nigerian environment.


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