International Perspectives on Children and Mental Health
[2 volumes]
by Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Kaija Puura, Mark Tomlinson, and Campbell Paul, Editors
July 2011, 500pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

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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.

This unprecedented set examines the most prominent factors that harm or support healthy development in children outside the United States, from abuse and economics to social injustice and poor public policy.

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.


  • Vignettes from researchers who have studied children in the most deplorable conditions
  • Contributions from top scholars and researchers in the field
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. He is a member of the national research consortium and steering committee guiding the national evaluation of Early Head Start and is a scientific advisor to the steering committee of the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center (University of Colorado, Denver). His 450-plus scholarly publications include 60 books. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. From 1992-2008, Fitzgerald was executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

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. For 20 years, her professional activities as a clinical child psychiatrist have combined research activities with clinical work in various projects both in primary care and mental health services. Puura has published a variety of papers in international journals. She received the World Association of Infant Mental Health New Investigator Award in 2002 and was appointed associate executive director of the WAIMH in 2009.

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, vice president of the Postnatal Depression Support Association, and an executive board member of the Marce Society. He has published extensively in Child Development, The Lancet, PLoS Medicine, British Journal of Psychiatry, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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. Paul has been involved in the establishment of child and adolescent mental health services for Australian Aboriginal children and their families through the establishment of the Koori Kids Mental Health Network in Victoria, Australia. He has also been a child psychiatry consultant to the Northern Territory Mental Health Service in Alice Springs, Central Australia. Paul was the recipient of the 2008 World Association for Infant Mental Health WAIMH Award.


"International Perspectives on Children and Mental Health has much to offer. Its prominent themes are consistent with much of the existing scholarship, thus reinforcing as well as extending the relevance of this scholarship to multinational and multicultural contexts. Many chapters describe assessment methods and intervention efforts that may be relevant in other countries. Readers also will acquire a further understanding and appreciation of the impact that cultural contexts exert on children’s mental health."—PsycCRITIQUES, February 29, 2012
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