Dean's Profile

 

NAME:           Charity Sylvia Akotia

TITLE:           Associate Professor 

 

EDUCATION:

PhD. University of Ghana                                 

 

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION

Social/Community Psychology

 

COURSES TAUGHT CURRENTLY:

Community Psychology

The Psychology of Gender

Psychology of the Media

Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

 

CURRENT RESEARCH:

Cultural Studies on Suicide and Suicide Prevention

Gender

Representation of Personhood in Ghana

Ageing

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Edited Book

Akotia, C. S., & Mate Kole, C. C. (2014). Contemporary Psychology: Readings from Ghana (eds.), Tema: Digibooks.

 

Book Chapters

Akotia, C.S., & Anum, A. (2015). Gender, Culture, and Inequality in Ghana: An examination of

socio-cultural determinants of gender disparity. In S. Safda & N. Kosakowska (eds). The Psychology of Gender through the Lens of Culture: Introduction‏, Springer.

Akotia, C. S. (2014). Community psychology: Moving psychology into the community. In C.S. Akotia & C.C Mate Kole (eds.), Contemporary Psychology: Readings from Ghana (eds.), (pp. 163 – 178). Tema: Digibooks.



Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Asare-Doku, W., Osafo, J., & Akotia, C. S. (2019). Comparing the reasons for Suicide from Attempt Survivors and their Families in Ghana, BMC Public Health, 19, 412 -

 

Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., & Quarshie, E. N., Andoh-Arthur, J., & Boahye, E. K. (2019). Community leaders’ attitudes towards and perceptions of suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana. Transcultural Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1177/1363461518824434. 1 – 23.

 

Sam, D. L., Wanjohi, R. N., & Akotia, C. S. (2019). Civic engagement and participation among Ghanaian and Kenyan students and their correlates, Journal of Civil Society, 15(1), 42- 61, DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2018.1560557



Akotia, C. S., Knizek, B. L., Hjelmeland, H., Kinyanda, E., & Osafo, J. (2019). Reasons for attempting suicide: An exploratory study in Ghana. Transcultural Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/1363461518802966. 56(1), 233 – 249.



Anum, A., Akotia, C. S., & Akin-Olugbade, P. (2018). Do ethnicity and sex-role ideology influence self-esteem among US and West-African young adults: An exploratory cross-cultural study.  Journal of Psychology in Africa, 28(6), 462 – 467. DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2018.1544395



Osafo, J., Akotia, C.S., Boakye, K. E., & Dickson, E. (2018). Between moral infraction and existential crisis: Exploring physicians and nurses' attitudes to suicide and the suicidal patient in Ghana. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 85, 118 – 125.

 

Milfont, T. L., Bain, P. G., Kashima, Y., Corral-Verdugo, V., Pasquali, C., Johansson, L.-O., Guan, Y., …. Akotia, C. S., Saviolidis, N. M., & Einarsdóttir, G. (2018). On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism: A 25-nation study. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 1 -13, DOI: 10.1177/1948550617722832



Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., Ando-Arthur, J., Boakye, K. E., Quarshie, E. N-B. (2017). “We now have a patient and not a criminal”: An Exploratory Study of Judges and Lawyers’ Views on Suicide Attempters and the Law in Ghana. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, DOI: 10:1177/0306624X692059



Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., Quarshie, E. N., Boakye, K. E., & Andoh-Arthur, J. (2017). Police views of suicidal persons and the law criminalizing suicide in Ghana: A qualitative study with policy implications. SAGE Open, 7(3), DOI: 2158244017731803



Asare-Doku, W., Osafo, J., & Akotia, C. S. (2017). The Experiences of Attempt Survivor Families and how they cope after a suicide attempt in Ghana: A qualitative study. BMC Psychiatry, 17 (1), 178. DOI: 10:1186/s12888-1336-9



Quarshie, E. N., Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., Peprah, J., & Andoh-Arthur, J. (2017). Some epidemiological characteristics of perpetrators and victims of incest in contemporary Ghana: Analysis of media reports. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 26(2), 121 – 139.



Osafo, J., Akotia, C. S., Hjelmeland, H., & Knizek, B. L. (2017). From Condemnation to Understanding: Views on Suicidal Behavior in Ghana in Transition, Death Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1333357.

 

Atefoe, E., Akotia, C.S., & Nyarko, K. (2017). Religiosity, social support and social negativity as predictors of mental health of women in Ghana. Ghana Social Science Journal, 14(1), 31 – 49.

 

Bain, P., Milfont, T. L., Kashima, Y., Bilewicz, M., Doron, G., Akotia, C.S., et al. (2016). Co-benefits of addressing climate change can motivate action around the world. Nature Climate Change, 6(2), 154 – 157.

 

*Gyasi-Gyamerah, A. A., & Akotia, C. S. (2016). Religious commitment and prejudicial attitudes toward homosexuals in Ghana. Ife PsychologIA, 24(2), 279-289.