Mental ill-health and psychological treatments in a Ghananian context
Joakim Norberg, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University
Jan Carlsson, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro Universitet
Location: 3-3028 Engelska Parken
This presentation will outline a planned research collaboration between Ghana and Sweden to provide public mental health care in the West-African region with culturally sensitive knowledge about depression. Most available research on depression and psychological treatments for depression was carried out in Europe and North America. However, this research does not easily carry over to Ghana due to cultural differences that include lifestyle, views, beliefs, values, and attitudes. The planned research collaboration aims at exploring the expression of depression and lay theories on the etiology and cure of depression in Ghana by using qualitative methods. The presenters are hoping for feedback on how to develop this project.