Neuropsychology of Children in Africa

Perspectives on Risk and Resilience

  • Michael J. Boivin
  • Bruno Giordani

Part of the Specialty Topics in Pediatric Neuropsychology book series (STPN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Michael J. Boivin, Hailey Wouters, Bruno Giordani
    Pages 1-16
  3. Betsy Kammerer, Peter K. Isquith, Shannon Lundy
    Pages 17-36
  4. Rachelle A. Busman, Connie Page, Evelyn Oka, Bruno Giordani, Michael J. Boivin
    Pages 95-115
  5. Rachelle A. Busman, Evelyn Oka, Bruno Giordani, Michael J. Boivin
    Pages 117-138
  6. Katie Alcock, Nuala Alibhai
    Pages 155-180
  7. Florence Bodeau-Livinec, Michel Cot, Ghislain K. Koura, Michael J. Boivin
    Pages 203-214
  8. Penny Holding, Michael J. Boivin
    Pages 235-275
  9. Nicolas Ruffieux, Claude-Alain Hauert
    Pages 313-328
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 335-347

About this book


Increasingly, global humanitarian efforts are focusing on improving the lives of children. And among the developing world, the African nations are particularly affected by extreme weather conditions, devastating pandemics, and armed conflict. Neurocognitive science offers significant avenues toward bringing needed aid to the continent while creating a template for helping children worldwide.

 The studies in Neuropsychology of Children in Africa clearly illustrate how the brain develops and adjusts in the face of adversity. Contributors span assessment approaches and public health risk factors, and represent established topics and emerging lines of research, including biocultural constructs and genomic technologies. Together, these chapters argue for methodology that is culturally sensitive, scientifically rigorous, consistent, and sustainable. And although the focus is pediatric, the book takes a lifespan approach to prevention and intervention, modeling a universal framework for understanding neurocognitive development. Included in the coverage:

  • Assessment of very young children in Africa in the context of HIV.
  • Psychosocial aspects of malnutrition among African children.
  • Assessment of neuropsychological outcomes in pediatric severe malaria.
  • Neurodisability screening using the Ten Questions questionnaire.
  • The neuropsychology of sickle cell disease in West African children.
  • Computerized Cognitive Rehabilitation
Therapy for African children.


As a guide to current findings or a springboard for new studies, Neuropsychology of Children in Africa is a necessary reference for researchers, policymakers, and diverse professionals in global aid organizations, and across the discipline.



HIV/AIDS in African children child health assessment in Africa child malnutrition in Africa child neuropsychology in Africa co-constructivist paradigm of cognitive development effect of war and displacement on African children

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Boivin
    • 1
  • Bruno Giordani
    • 2
  1. 1., Psychiatry and Neurology/OphthalmologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2., Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6833-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6834-9
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