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Title:The challenge and role of psychology to development in Africa
Author:Kariuki, Priscilla W.
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Geographic term:Africa
Abstract:The development of psychology in many African universities has dragged behind, unlike many other disciplines. Some of the possible explanations which underly this condition and which have, to a large extent, hindered the development of psychology, are cultural factors, past colonial educational influences, alien concepts and the non-existence of trained native psychologists. The concept of psychology, its theories and methods as understood by westerners remains alien to the thinking of non-westerners. Under circumstances in Africa of endless war against hunger and mass starvation, ignorance, disease and economic stagnation, one might question the need, relevance, or even the use of 'pure theory' or 'luxury-oriented' alien psychology. One may also doubt whether the use of standardized intelligence tests which are western-oriented would be of any value in helping a pre-literate Africa. The need for African-oriented psychology, based on the needs and problems of the people of Africa, cannot be overemphasized. The author discusses the justifications for studying psychology in Africa and the problems of psychological research in Africa. Ref.