Behavioural beliefs of Ghanaian radiographers and reporting of child physical abuse.

ANTWI, W K, REEVES, Pauline, FERRIS, Christine and AZIATO, L (2019). Behavioural beliefs of Ghanaian radiographers and reporting of child physical abuse. Radiography (London, England : 1995), 25 (1), 51-57.

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Radiographers are well placed to flag non accidental injury in children due to their unique position within the imaging chain. Being able to identify (or suspect) physical abuse in children and reporting the incident are, however, two different issues. This study was conducted to explore the external influences in the decision making of the Ghanaian radiographer to report suspected child physical abuse (CPA). This was a qualitative study which applied interpretive phenomenology. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 radiographers who were selected from various hospitals throughout the ten regions of Ghana using purposive sampling. Data was thematically analysed and managed with NVivo Version 10. Themes developed formed the basis of this discussion. Several socio-cultural beliefs and behaviours impacted on the Ghanaian radiographers' decisions to report suspected child physical abuse. The findings of this study indicated that cultural solidarity, superstition and police frustrations were among other factors that characterised the Ghanaian radiographer's inability to report child physical abuse when it occurred. Radiographers reported fear of both physical and spiritual attack when child physical abuse was reported. This paper argues that, to achieve the fight against child physical abuse in some African countries such as Ghana, radiographers would have to be educated and counselled against belief in superstition and adherence to some cultural values which affect child protection. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2018 The College of Radiographers. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.]

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Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 1532-2831 **Article IDs: pubmed: 30599831; pii: S1078-8174(18)30217-7 **History: accepted 12-10-2018; revised 09-10-2018; submitted 21-11-2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporal punishment, Cultural solidarity, Diagnostic imaging, Non-accidental injury, Phenomenology, Superstition
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Page Range: 51-57
SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2019 14:32
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 06:49

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