A Qualitative Study of Attitudes toward Suicide and Suicide Prevention among Psychology Students in Ghana

Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying (Impact Factor: 0.44). 01/2010; 62(2):169-86. DOI: 10.2190/OM.62.2.e
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ABSTRACT The purpose of the present study was to investigate attitudes toward suicide and suicide prevention among psychology students in Ghana by means of a qualitative analysis of open-ended questions about causes of suicide and how suicide best can be prevented. The students mainly saw the causes as intra-personal and almost all of them believed that suicide can be prevented. The results indicated a huge impact of religion on the attitudes toward suicide as well as some lack of distinction between their religious and professional roles and responsibilities.

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