Prevalence and patterns of mental disorders among primary school age children in Ghana: correlates with academic achievement

Published in: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 31, issue 3, 2019 , pages: 214–223
DOI: 10.2989/17280583.2019.1678477
Author(s): Kwabena Kusi-MensahDepartment of Psychiatry, Ghana, Gordon DonnirDepartment of Psychiatry, Ghana, Stephen WemakorDepartment of Psychiatry, Ghana, Ruth Owusu-AntwiDepartment of Psychiatry, Ghana, Olayinka OmigbodunCentre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Nigeria


Background: There is limited data on the prevalence of child and adolescent mental health disorders (CAMHD) in Ghana. Recent reports suggest a decline in academic achievement in basic education. This paper sought to determine the prevalence of CAMHD in Ghanaian primary school children and to draw correlates with academic achievement.

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