The contribution of social norms and religious practices towards low death registration in 3 HDSS sites of Uganda

Background Uganda has low levels of death registration, estimated at two per cent by the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA). There are 56 tribes and over 5 religious denominations with so many social norms and religious practices that could have contributed to low death registration in Uganda. Previous studies on the factors affecting death […]

Prevalence and correlates of non-suicidal self-injury, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt among children and adolescents: Findings from Uganda and Jamaica.

Background: Youth non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide are major public health concerns, but limited data are available on the prevalence and correlates of these problems in developing countries. The aim of this study is to describe experiences of three suicidal phenomena (NSSI, suicidal ideation [SI], and suicide attempt [SA]) among children and adolescents from two […]

Religious views on suicide among the Baganda, Uganda: a qualitative study.

Relatively little research has been conducted on religion and suicide in Africa, yet religion has a lot of influence on people’s way of life in Africa. To study religious views on suicide among the Baganda, Uganda, we used grounded theory and discourse analysis on a total of 28 focus groups and 30 key informant interviews. […]

Ugandan men’s perceeption of what causes and what prevents suicide

Suicidal behavior is illegal in Uganda. There are no reliable public suicide statistics, but studies indicate that the rates of both suicide and nonfatal suicidal behavior are higher for men than for women. This study examined Ugandan menĂ•s perceptions of what causes and what prevents suicide as well as their attitudes towards suicide and suicide […]

Doomsday Movements in Africa: Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God

This article investigates Kibwetere’s Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. A brief summary of the Movement’s short history is followed by an outline of the movement’s main beliefs. This Ugandan cult’s sociohistoric context is analysed. The cult’s document, “A Timely Message”, is summarized & their relationship with a similar Marian movement […]

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

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Suicidal Behavior as Communication in a Cultural Context. a Comparative Study Between Uganda and Norway

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Suicidal Ideation and Associated Factors Among School-Going Adolescents in Rural Uganda

A secondary analysis of the Uganda Global School-Based Health Survey 2003 was conducted to obtain the prevalence of & assess factors that may be associated with suicide ideation among school-going adolescents in rural Uganda. 21.3% of males & 23.5% of females had seriously considered suicide within the past 12 months. Loneliness & worry were positively […]

The Response Inventory for Stressful Life Events (RISLE) II: Validation of the 36-item Version

Background: A 36-item version of the Response Inventory for Stressful Life Events (RISLE) was derived from the longer 100item version. The 36-item version may be more appropriate for use in larger population sample. Objective: To compare the responses of the 36-item RISLE to interview derived psychiatric diagnoses and suicidal ideation in a sub-sample of the […]

Prevalence of Suicide Ideation in two Districts of Uganda

Repetition of Deliberate Self-harm as Seen in Uganda

Depression and Suicidal Behavior in Uganda: Validating the Response Inventory for Stressful Life Events (RISLE)

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A Discussion of the Value of Cross-cultural Studies in Search of Meaning(s) of Suicidal Behavior and the Methodological Challenges of Such Studies

Negative Life Events Associated With Deliberate Self-harm in an African Population in Uganda

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“There is no Place for us to go but up”: new Religious Movements and Violence

The author examines critical and scholarly treatment of the mass suicides & homicides perpetrated by cult groups including the Solar Temple, Aum Shinri-kyo, Heaven’s Gate & the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. He argues that as far as “critical incidents” are concerned, scholars & critics of new religious movements & cults should supplement […]

Psychological Factors in Deliberate Self-harm as Seen in an Urban African Population in Uganda: a Case-control Study

The Fate and Career Destinations of Doctors who Qualified at Uganda’s Makerere Medical School in 1984: Retrospective Cohort Study

Because little information exists on the career paths & destinations of graduates of medical schools from developing countries, the author presents here perhaps the first report on career and life outcomes of graduates of Makerere Medical School in Uganda. Of 77 doctors who graduated in 1984, 22 were dead by the time of the study. […]

Homicide and Suicide in Busoga (IN: African Homicide and Suicide, ed. by P Bohannan)

This article discusses homicide & suicide among the Basoga of southeastern Uganda. Both homicide & suicide are viewed negatively. Private revenge is not tolerated, & disputes must be taken to the courts. Rates of suicide & homicide are included, & are broken down by method, sex, age, & reason for the act. Social & family […]

Homicide and Suicide Among the Gisu (IN: African Homicide and Suicide, ed. by P Bohannan)

This article describes homicide & suicide among the Gisu, a Bantu-speaking people from eastern Uganda. The authors studied murder & suicide rates from the 1940s & 1950s, & present information on concepts of death, justifiable homicide, & many other social beliefs. Suicide, to the Gisu, is viewed as a result of “litima”, or temper; suicide […]

Homicide and Suicide in Bunyoro (IN: African Homicide and Suicide, ed. by P Bohannan)

This article discusses homicide & suicide among the Bunyoro, a Bantu tribe of Uganda. The author studied attempted murder & murder cases from 1935 to 1955. He outlines Bunyoro ideas of the causes of homicide (e.g. anger, spirits), as well as homicide statistics, & 6 homicide case histories . Suicide, he found, is considered morally […]

Homicide and Suicide Among the Alur (IN: African Homicide and Suicide, ed. by P Bohannan)

This article discusses homicide & suicide among the Alur of northwest Uganda. The author describes the Alur’s beliefs about death, & outlines their social system. Homicide regional variations, as well as common resons for homicides, are described. He finds suicide to be rare among the Alur, & describes the 7 cases he discovered. He concludes […]

The Pattern of Acute Poisoning in Uganda

A year’s retrospective survey of acute poisoning in Africans at Mulago Hospital is reported. The pattern in terms of age, sex, motivation and substances ingested is anlysed. The findings are contrasted with western experience.