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Gender, age, religion and positive mental health among adolescents in a Ghanaian socio-cultural context

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-10 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T13:22:41Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T13:22:41Z
dc.date.issued 2017-10-10 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11276
dc.description.abstract Against the backdrop of scant research on the relationship between sociodemographic characteristics and positive mental health in Ghana, the aim of the current study was twofold: Firstly, to test a hypothesised model of positive mental health across gender and to determine gender differences in the structural relations for hope, perceptions of support, life satisfaction, emotional well-being components of mental health and emotional distress; and, secondly, to explore possible gender, age and religious-affiliation differences in respect of the levels of these variables within the prevailing socio-cultural context. We used structural equation modelling (SEM) to test the hypothesised model across gender, and carried out a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) to determine the group differences in 717 school going adolescents from the Northern region of Ghana. The hypothesised measurement model fit the observed data, with measurement invariance established. Gender differences in the structural relations were observed across the variables, with males for Christian participants, Islamic religion was strongly linked to stronger emotional well-being. We discuss the implications for research and intervention. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject MENTAL HEALTH en
dc.subject ADOLESCENTS en
dc.subject GHANA en
dc.subject RELIGION en
dc.subject GENDER EQUALITY en
dc.title Gender, age, religion and positive mental health among adolescents in a Ghanaian socio-cultural context en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume September en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Education and Skills Development en
dc.SourceTitle Child Indicators Research en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10031 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 8935 en
dc.bibliographictitle Wilson, A. & Somhlaba, N.Z. (2017) Gender, age, religion and positive mental health among adolescents in a Ghanaian socio-cultural context. <i>Child Indicators Research</i>. September:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Wilson, A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Somhlaba, N.Z. en


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