Differences in Neuropsychological Performance between Refugee and Non-Refugee Children in Palestine
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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://doi.org/10.3390/ ijerph18115750
SponsorshipCenter for Development Cooperation Initiatives (Centro de Iniciativas de Cooperación al Desarrollo—CICODE), Granada University, Spain (Reference No. C14P11_9359)
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.