This is the maiden edition and first volume of the African Journal of Human Development and Lifespan published by the Nigerian Association of Developmental Psychologists. The publication of this journal signifies an important landmark in the achievements recorded by the Association in recent times. The journal utilises a multidisciplinary approach to provide a forum for the dissemination of research findings and evidence to increase the understanding of human developmental issues, behaviours as well as expand knowledge. The purpose of the journal is to focus on publications which inform policy that is geared toward improving the health and overall psychological wellbeing across lifespan in Africa and globally. It contains ten scholarly articles from different areas of specialisation.
Prof Edwin Chidozie Nwafor, Resurrecta Agu and Chukwuemeka A.F. Okoye presented a multiauthored well-articulated paper which examined differential relationships between self-concept domains and academic achievement: implication for academic behaviour intervention. Professor Regina Eya, a seasoned developmental psychologist shines a light on the involvement of the house helps in the issue of child abuse and the contribution of cultural values and imported concepts.
Professors Nyitor A. Shenge and Grace A. Adejuwon together with two early career colleagues, Olubunmi A. Ayoade and A.Y. Olasupo studied diversity, relationship satisfaction, and job satisfaction as predictors of organisational commitment among Nigeria security and civil defence corps Oyo State command, Ibadan.
Professor Rachel B. Asagba, a well-established researcher and Samson F. Agberotimi investigated meaning in life across the lifespan in a Nigerian population psychosocial predictors of sense of belongingness among secondary school students in Ibadan-north local government of Oyo State. Professor Adejuwon, Grace A. Obisesan, Oluwunmi A. Olutola, Funmilola B. and Daboh Priscilla collaborated to study the influence of parental psychological divorce on the emotional wellbeing of in-school adolescents in Ondo West Local Government Area, Ondo State.
Dr. Aderonke A. Akintola showed the role of personal values and self-esteem on assertiveness in women.
Dr. Olabimpe Ajoke Olatunji mentored two early career researchers, Owoseni Omosolape and Olakitan Racheal Abosede Afolabi to study the influence of parenting styles and peer pressure on engagement in premarital sex among adolescents in Ibadan North Local Government Area, Oyo State. Professor Benjamin O. Olley and Oyewole Lydia Jesutofunmi studied the influence of parenting styles and peer pressure on engagement in premarital sex among adolescents in Ibadan north local government area, Oyo State. Drs. Umukoro, Omonigho Simon and Lawal, Abiodun Musbau showed the psychological buffers of caregiving burden among caregivers of the cancer patient in University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr. Gbenusola Arike Akinwale studied the implications of borderline intelligence among at-risk population for school drop-out in South West Nigeria.
Finally, Shafa, A. Yunus and Usman Alhaji Yusuf contributed to a better understanding of factors predicting mental health problems among Egbura people of Toto Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, Nigeria.