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Access to Mental Health Care Services for the Orphan and Vulnerable Children in Addis Ababa Ethiopia
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages: 11-13
Received: Jan. 9, 2018; Accepted: Jan. 19, 2018; Published: Feb. 1, 2018
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Liranso Gebreyohannes Selamu, Department of Social Work, Mangalore University, Mangalore, India
Mohan Singhe, Department of Social Work, Mangalore University, Mangalore, India
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A lot of children in the world suffer from untreated mental health problems. The global burdens of mental illness are high but promoting compressive care services are neglected in most countries. The objective of this review journal was to discover access and barriers to mental health care services for the orphan and vulnerable children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The systematic review was used to collect and analyze a relevant information from Global Health, PubMed, Google Scholar, Clinical Social Work Abstracts, Summon, WHO, PsychInfo Ethiopian Universities, and NIH data sources. Many research journals published after 2001 were identified and analyzed based on meeting inclusion and exclusion criteria as well as quality standards. The barriers associated to finance, logistic, stigma and traditional beliefs, and perceptions towards mental health problems and treatment. Children mental health care services are poorly understood, not adequately addressed, not assessment based, and incomprehensive rather it is based on traditional practices.
Access, Mental Health Care, Orphan, Vulnerable, Children
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Liranso Gebreyohannes Selamu, Mohan Singhe, Access to Mental Health Care Services for the Orphan and Vulnerable Children in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2018, pp. 11-13. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20180701.12
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