Self-reported suicidal behaviour and attitudes towards suicide and suicide prevention among psychology students in Ghana, Uganda and Norway

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Hjelmeland H, Akotia C, Owens V, Knizek BL, Nordvik H, Schroeder R, Kinyanda E

Self-reported suicidal behavior and attitudes toward suicide in psychology students are reported and compared in Ghana, Uganda, and Norway. Small differences only were found in own suicidal behavior. However, experience of suicidal behavior in the surroundings was more common in Uganda than in Ghana and Norway. Although differences were found between the three countries in attitudes toward suicide, which emphasizes the need for culture-sensitive research and prevention, many of the differences were not as big as expected. The most pronounced difference was that the Norwegian students were more reluctant to take a stand on these questions compared to their African counterparts. Some differences were also found between the two African countries. The implications of the results for suicide prevention in Africa are discussed.

Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
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