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Unified Journal of Psychology and Counselling

March 2018 Vol 1(2), pp. 015-025

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Original Research Paper

Reformulation of Childhood from an African Perspective: Key Issues in Child Counselling

Hector Chiboola, Ph.D.

Principal Lecturer, Kabwe University P.O Box 80222, Kabwe, Zambia

Corresponding Author's Email: hectorchiboola@yahoo.com

Accepted 26th February, 2018


Abstract


This article was developed based on the qualitative literature search with the intention of reformulating childhood from an African perspective in the context of child counselling. The term childhood has varying descriptions and the age bands occasionally cause some confusion that is hard to reconcile when counselling children. When viewed from an African perspective, it is manifest that childhood is a period spanning from conception to fifteen years of a childís life. Counselling children is a growing area of special interest in contemporary society, especially amongst members of the counselling profession. Without a clearer understanding of the key issues and concepts of child development, the context of psychosocial counselling of children is likely to be shrouded in mystery and misapplication. Therefore, the research question was: How could childhood be reformulated from an African perspective in the context of child counselling? The reformulation of childhood from an African perspective is the key to enhancing knowledge and understanding of the cardinal psychosocial issues in child counselling. The study of child development is paramount for counsellors specializing in child counselling.

Keywords: Childhood, psychosocial stages, developmental psychology,

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Reformulation of Childhood from an African Perspective: Key Issues in Child Counselling. Unified Journal of Psychology and Counselling (UJPC). 1(2) 2018 pp. 015-025.




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