Institution: Department of Psychology, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
Supervisory team: Prof Allan House and Prof Mitch Waterman.
Current research: My current research explores the correlates and resilience factors related to self-harm and suicidal behaviours among pregnant adolescent girls in Ghana, and implications for intervention and prevention.
- In-school and hard-to-reach adolescents’ lived experience of self-harm in low- and middle-income countries.
- Self-harm in blind and deaf adolescents.
- Decriminalisation of attempted suicide.
- Adolescent mental health in fragile and (post)conflict contexts within sub-Saharan Africa.
- Oppong Asante, K., Quarshie, E. N. B., & Onyeaka, H. K. (2021). Epidemiology of suicidal behaviours amongst school-going adolescents in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Journal of Affective Disorders, 295, 989-996. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.08.147.
- Quarshie, E. N. B., Shuweihdi, F., Waterman, M., & House, A. (2021). Self-harm among in-school and street-connected adolescents in Ghana: a cross-sectional survey in the Greater Accra Region. BMJ Open, 11: e041609. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041609.
- Quarshie, E. N. B., Onyeaka, H.K. & Asante, K.O. (2020). Suicidal behaviours among adolescents in Liberia. BMC Psychiatry, 20(572). DOI: 10.1186/s12888-020-02985-3.
- Quarshie, E. N. B., Waterman, M. G., & House, A. O. (2020). Self-harm with suicidal and non-suicidal intent in young people in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry 20(234), 1-26. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-020-02587-z.
- Quarshie, E. N. B., Waterman, M. G., & House, A. O. (2020). Adolescent self-harm in Ghana: a qualitative interview-based study of first-hand accounts. BMC Psychiatry 20(275), 1-14. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-020-02599-9.
Can help with: Activism and stakeholder engagements towards decriminalisation of attempted suicide. Culturally sensitive and contextually relevant information on contacting indigenous gatekeepers and research participants, and initiating collaborations with scholars based in sub-Saharan Africa.
What’s essential to your well-being? I begin my work and projects well in advance to ensure a fine (rather than a rushed) finish; for any working relationship or collaborations, I lay all my cards on the table; I try not to confuse ‘movement’ with ‘progress’. I know when to say “no”. Outside of work: vegetable gardening in my backyard.
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