Suicidal behaviors in the Ghana police service: Prevalence and correlates in the Greater Accra Region

Background: Despite recent media reports showing disturbing trends of police suicides in Ghana, no published studies are available from the country. Aims: We sought to estimate the prevalence and describe some of the correlates of suicidal behaviors among police officers in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Method: We surveyed a convenience sample of 268 police officers, using the Suicide […]

Suicide attempts among 1,437 adolescents aged 12-17 years attending junior high schools in Ghana

Background: Emerging research on suicidal behaviors among adolescents in Ghana has been conducted mainly among senior high school students. Aims: We aimed to estimate the 12-month prevalence of suicide attempts and describe some of the general and gender-specific associated factors among adolescents attending junior high schools (JHSs) in Ghana. Method: We analyzed data from the 2012 Ghana Global School-Based Student […]

Adolescent self-harm in Ghana: A qualitative interview-based study of first-hand accounts

Background Recent prevalence studies suggest that self-harm among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa is as common as it is in high income countries. However, very few qualitative studies exploring first-person accounts of adolescent self-harm are available from sub-Saharan Africa. We sought to explore the experiences and first-person perspectives of Ghanaian adolescents reporting self-harm – for deeper […]

Societal reactions to suicide in Ghana: A qualitative study of experiences of the bereaved

Abstract. Background: Condemnatory reactions toward suicide are prevalent in Africa, yet no study has examined how society reacts to suicides from the perspective of suicide-bereaved persons. Aims: This qualitative study explored societal reactions to suicides so as to further our understanding of the problem in Ghana. Method: Using a semi-structured interview guide, we interviewed 45 close relations of 14 men who […]

Adolescent suicide in Ghana: A content analysis of media reports.

Adolescent suicide is now a major health concern for many countries. However, there is paucity of systematic studies and lack of official statistics on adolescent suicide in Ghana. Mass media coverage of adolescent suicide (even though crude), at least, may reflect the reality of the phenomenon. With an ecological orientation, this study used qualitative content […]

Better dead than dishonored: masculinity and male suicidal behavior in contemporary Ghana.

In Ghana reliable official data on suicidal behavior are not available. There is also limited empirical research on suicidal behavior in the country. At the same time, police-recorded suicide data, media reports, and communication from professionals in the field indicate that suicidal behavior is a growing problem. To identify current patterns and meanings of male […]

Self-Reported Suicidal Behavior and Attitudes Toward Suicide and Suicide Prevention Among Psychology Students in Ghana, Uganda, and Norway


Sociocultural Determinants of Suicide Ideation: a Comparison Between American and Ghanaian College Samples

This study investigated the role of gender, family cohesion, religiosity, & negative suicide attitudes as potential determinants of cultural differences in suicide ideation among 375 college students from Ghana & the U.S. Significant cultural differences were found for suicide ideation, family closeness, religiosity, & negative suicide attitudes. Family cohesion & negative attitudes were significant predictors […]

Role of Gender and Rumination in Suicide Ideation: a Comparison of College Samples From Ghana and the United States

The role of ruminative coping & gender as potential moderators of cultural differences in suicide ideation among 194 college students from Ghana & the United States were studied using the Adult Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire & the Rumination scale of the Response Style Questionnaire. Significant main effects for cultural group & gender were found for suicide […]