oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Psychology and health in sub-Saharan Africa



Psychology as a scientific discipline has a long way to go towards getting a foothold in sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the paper is to review the health status, the mental health and behaviour-related health problems in view of identifying the role of psychology. Then psychological interventions (traditional and faith healing, psychotherapy, health and community psychology interventions) are outlined. Finally, considering African contexts reasons for increased recognition on the role of psychological and behavioural factors in the maintenance of health and prevention of illness are stressed.


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