Community leaders' attitudes towards and perceptions of suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana

Osafo, Joseph and Akotia, Charity S. and Quarshie, Emmanuel Nii-Boye and Andoh-Arthur, Johnny and Boakye, Kofi E. (2019) Community leaders' attitudes towards and perceptions of suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana. Transcultural Psychiatry, 56 (3). pp. 529-551. ISSN 1363-4615

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Abstract

Community leaders can play an important role in suicide prevention because they are potential gatekeepers in resource-poor settings. To investigate their attitudes towards suicide and the role they play when people are in suicidal crisis, 10 community leaders were interviewed in a rural community in Ghana. Thematic Analysis of the interviews showed that leaders held two conflicting views about suicide: health crisis and moral taboo. They also viewed the reasons for suicide as psychosocial strains more than psychiatric factors. Though they viewed suicide as a moral taboo, they maintained a more neutral position in their gatekeeping role: providing support for persons in suicidal crisis more often than exerting a condemnatory attitude. Implications for gatekeeper training are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: attitudes toward suicide, community leaders, gatekeepers, Ghana, suicide prevention
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2019 16:00
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:08
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704470

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