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Differences in Neuropsychological Performance between Refugee and Non-Refugee Children in Palestine

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Social Sciences Department, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem 92248, Palestine
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Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Faculty of Psychology, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Faculty of Education, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem 92248, Palestine
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Department of Health Psychology, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5750; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115750
Received: 25 April 2021 / Revised: 21 May 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 27 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Risk and Protector Factors, Socioeconomic Status and Neurodevelopment)
Neuropsychological studies on refugee children are scarce, but there are even less in the case of Palestinian children. This work aims to study the neuropsychological performance of Palestinian refugee children in Palestine compared to other Palestinian children living outside refugee camps. A comprehensive Neuropsychological battery was administrated to 584 Palestinian school children (464 refugees and 120 non-refugees) aged 6, 7, and 8 years old. Results showed that non-refugee children outperformed refugee children in sustained attention, verbal comprehension, verbal memory, and visual memory. This study is the first to have performed a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, based on a standardized and validated battery with the Palestinian refugee children. It supports professionals in their evaluation of neurodevelopment and neuropsychological alterations in refugee and non-refugee children in Palestine. View Full-Text
Keywords: refugee; neurodevelopment; cognitive; neuropsychological assessment refugee; neurodevelopment; cognitive; neuropsychological assessment
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Fasfous, A.F.; Pérez-Marfil, M.N.; Cruz-Quintana, F.; Pérez-García, M.; Al-Yamani, H.R.; Fernández-Alcántara, M. Differences in Neuropsychological Performance between Refugee and Non-Refugee Children in Palestine. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5750. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115750

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Fasfous AF, Pérez-Marfil MN, Cruz-Quintana F, Pérez-García M, Al-Yamani HR, Fernández-Alcántara M. Differences in Neuropsychological Performance between Refugee and Non-Refugee Children in Palestine. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5750. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115750

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Fasfous, Ahmed F., María N. Pérez-Marfil, Francisco Cruz-Quintana, Miguel Pérez-García, Hala R. Al-Yamani, and Manuel Fernández-Alcántara. 2021. "Differences in Neuropsychological Performance between Refugee and Non-Refugee Children in Palestine" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5750. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115750

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