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Citation

Osafo J, Akotia CS, Andoh-Arthur J, Quarshie EN. Death Stud. 2015; 39(5): 274-280.

Affiliation

a Department of Psychology , University of Ghana , Accra.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2015, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/07481187.2014.991955

PMID

25562343

Abstract

To understand the experiences of suicidal persons in Ghana, 10 persons were interviewed after they attempted suicide. Thematic analysis of data showed that motivation for suicidal behaviour included social taunting, hopelessness and partner's infidelity. Suicidal persons reported stigma expressed through physical molestation and social ostracism, which left them traumatized. However, they coped through social support from relations, religious faith, and use of avoidance. Community wide sensitive education should target reducing stigma and also increase mental health education on suicidal behaviour in Ghanaian communities.


Language: en

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