Social and Health Sciences Journal

African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention (ASP) is now in its 17th year of publication. The ASP has been renamed Social and Health Sciences (SaHS) (ISSN number: 1728-774X) ( and will continue as a multidisciplinary forum for critical discussion and debate among scholars, practitioners, activists, students and policy-makers whose interests and work intersect with a range of social and health sciences

Social and Health Sciences (SaHS), previously African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention (ASP), is calling for articles for a Special Issue or Section on the coronavirus pandemic, particularly on its individual, family, community and societal impacts in Africa and more broadly in the Global South, the interventions to support families and communities, and the community responses to both the disease and interventions by government and civil society to manage the pandemic and its consequences.

SaHS is a multidisciplinary forum for critical discussion and debate among scholars, practitioners, activists, students and policy-makers whose interests and work intersect with the social and health sciences. While based in Africa, SaHS invites submissions from the broader Global South, as well as the Global North. If you have any queries please contact Dr Ghouwa Ismail at sahs@unisa.ac.za

About

Social and Health Sciences (formerly the African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention) is a multidisciplinary forum for critical discussion and debate among scholars, practitioners, activists, students and policy-makers whose interests and work intersect with the social and health sciences. The journal welcomes theoretical, empirical, applied and policy submissions on such topics as: violence in its multiple forms, injury, health and safety promotion, community engagement, epidemiology, health economics, health systems research, structural and social determinants of health, and knowledge production in the social and health sciences. While based in Africa, Social and Health Sciences invites submissions from the broader Global South, as well as the Global North.

Social and Health Sciences is an accredited South African Post Secondary Education (SAPSE) journal. All articles in the journal are subject to peer review. Social and Health Sciences is published biannually and features original full-length articles, theoretical papers, reviews, commentaries, reflections, and short communications.

Subject Coverage
Issues of Social and Health Sciences’ predecessors addressed a variety of injury and violence related topics, such as:

  • Critical social perspectives to injury and violence prevention
  • Injury surveillance methodologies
  • Costing techniques
  • Epidemiological research findings
  • Health systems research
  • Risks and resiliences associated with violence and injuries in low- to middle-income contexts
  • Best practices for injury prevention and containment
Manuscript Preparation Guidelines
  • Manuscripts should be in 12 point Times New Roman font, with the main headings in capitals and bold, and sub-headings in sentence case.
  • All manuscripts should be typed in 1.5 spacing.
  • No enumerations and section numbering should be included, and all graphs and tables should be inserted at the end of the document.
  • All contributions should follow the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide for referencing purposes.
  • The manuscript must be accompanied by a note indicating that the article has not been published elsewhere. This note must be signed by all listed authors to indicate their agreement with the submission.
  • Contributors may submit the names and contact details of two referees competent to review their manuscript.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted to journal's co-editors, Prof. Ashley van Niekerk and/or Nick Malherbe. Please send manuscripts via email to: sahs@unisa.ac.za

There are four categories of submissions accepted for publication in Social and Health Sciences:

  • Original Contributions
    Full scientific manuscripts submitted for this category should not exceed 6 000 words in length excluding the title, abstract, references, figures and tables.
  • Literature Reviews
    Manuscripts submitted as a literature review should not exceed 6 000 words in total.
  • Book Reviews
    Copies of books may be sent to the co-editors.
  • Short Communications/Perspectives
    These communications include commentaries on events in the injury prevention sector, and organisation or programme reports. These should not exceed 2 500 words, excluding references

All original contributions and short research reports should have the following sections:

  • Title Page: This page should include the title of the manuscript, all authors and their affiliations. Full contact details should be included for the corresponding author. The category in which the manuscript is to be submitted should be indicated at the top of the page.
  •  All manuscripts, except short communications and book reviews, should include an abstract placed before the main text of the article. This abstract should not exceed 250 words in length. While all abstracts need to be submitted in English, authors are also allowed to submit translations of these abstracts in French or Swahili. Abstracts must be accompanied by a minimum of 5 keywords
  • Main Text: The main text of the article should, as far as is appropriate, be divided into the following sections: IntroductionMethods, Results, Discussion, and Prevention Implications/Conclusiom
Editorial Board

Co-Editors

  • Ashley van Niekerk, South African Medical Research Council and University of South Africa
  • Nick Malherbe, University of South Africa and South African Medical Research Council

Managing Editor

  • Ghouwa Ismail, University of South Africa and South African Medical Research Council

Editorial Assistant

  • Josephine Cornell, University of South Africa and South African Medical Research Council

Editorial Board

  • Hesham El-Sayed, Suez Canal University
  • Kidist Bartolomeos, World Health Organization 
  • Rajen Govender, University of Cape Town
  • Roderick McClure, Monash University
  • Milton Mutto, Pincer Training and Research Institute
  • Colleen Saunders, University of Cape Town
  • Tamara Shefer, University of the Western Cape
  • Floretta Boonzaier, University of Cape Town
  • Shahnaaz Suffla, South African Medical Research Council and University of South Africa
  • Danai Mupotsa, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Rutgers University 
  • Kopano Ratele, University of South Africa and South African Medical Research Council
  • Mohamed Seedat, University of South Africa
  • Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni, University of Bayreuth
  • Shrikant Bangdiwala, University of North Carolina  Chapel Hill
Subscriptions

In order to subscribe to the SaHS, please contact Sabinet at info@sabinet.co.za or Tel: +27 +12 643 9500. You can also visit the Sabinet website at www.sabinet.co.za.

Contact Details

For more information, please contact Dr Ghouwa Ismail at sahs@unisa.ac.za

Social and Health Sciences 
Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit
South African Medical Research Council
PO Box 19070
Tygerberg
7505
South Africa 
Tel: +27 +21 938 0441
Fax: +27 +21 938 0381

  
All Volumes and Issues - 2012 - 2020

2020

Vol. 18, No. 2, December 2020

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CONTENTS

Editorial Message                                                                     

Impacts and Responses to COVID-19: Perspectives from the Global South
Nick Malherbe & Ashley Van Niekerk 01

Original Contributions

The Psychological Reactions of Emergency Medical Services Personnel to COVID-19 in South Africa
Elias Oupa Mashile & Matshepo Matoane 08

When Coping Resources Fail: The Health-Sustaining and Moderating Role of Fortitude in the Relationship Between COVID-19-Related Worries and Psychological Distress
Anita Padmanabhanunni & Tyrone B. Pretorius 28

Navigating and Reimagining Community Engagement Amidst COVID-19
Seneca Louw, Naiema Taliep, Ghouwa Ismail, & Samed Bulbulia 48

Literature Reviews

The Effects of COVID-19 on Women in South Africa: An Analysis Using the Social Provisioning Framework
Odile Mackett 70

Perspectives

Exposing Inequity in Australian Society: Are we all in it Together?
Richard Barber and Siew Fang Law 96

COVID-19: Violent Policing of Black Men during Lockdown Regulations in South Africa
Malose Langa & Bandile Bertrand Leopeng 116

The Politics and Art of Naming and Re-Presenting Identity in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thirusha Naidu 127

COVID-19 Pandemic and Disability: Essential Considerations
Lieketseng Ned, Emma Louise McKinney, Vic McKinney, & Leslie Swartz 136

Governments’ Responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic clears the Road for their Responses to the Traffic Pandemic
Sebastian van As 149

Submission Guidelines 157

Acknowledgements 161

Vol. 18, No. 1, September 2020

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Editorial Message                                                                     

A New Chapter - Ashley Van Niekerk & Nick Malherbe iii

Original Contributions

Prevalence of and Factors Associated with Suicidal Behaviours in South Africa and Bangladesh: A Review
Anisur Khan, Kopano Ratele & Rebecca Helman 01

Pedestrian Perception of Crosswalk Safety: A Case Study of Kumasi-Ghana
Moses Tefe, Williams Ackaah, & Emmanuel Adanu  36

Prevalence and Profile of Drugs and Alcohol in Fatally Injured Drivers in Pretoria, South Africa
Jade Liebenberg, Lorraine du Toit-Prinsloo, Gert Saayman, & Vanessa Steenkamp 61

Scripting of Domestic Violence Simulations to Improve Prehospital Emergency Care Diagnostic Probity and Health Care Responsiveness in LMICS
Wesley Craig, Navindhra Naidoo, & Lloyd Christopher 81

Perspective

How the Private Sector Can Address the Issue of GBV
Corné Davis 106

Conference/Summer School Reports

World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2019, Durban, South Africa
Colleen Saunders, Rebecca Sindall, Ana Catarina Queiroga, Gemma May, Barbara Byers, Dan Graham, Tessa Clemens, & Justin Scarr 116

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Decoloniality Summer School: Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons
Saajidah Sader 122

Special Call                                                                             

Call for Papers: Impacts and Responses to Covid-19: Perspectives from the Global South 127

Submission Guidelines 129

 

 
2019

Vol. 17, No. 1, December 2019

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Contents

Original Contributions

  • Socio-demographic and spatio-temporal predictors of homicidal strangulation in the City of Johannesburg, South Africa
    Shahnaaz Suffla & Mohamed Seedat 
  • Communicating about sexual violence on campus: A university case study
    Floretta A. Boonzaier, Kajal Carr, & Nkosiyomzi Haile Matutu 
  • Family centered interventions for intimate partner violence: A systematic review
    Jill Ryan & Nicolette V. Roman 

Perspective

  • School violence, mafiarisation and curriculum trajectories: A need for a pedagogy of disarmament
    Dube Bekithemba

Conference Reports

  • Conference report -7th International Conference on Community Psychology
    Conferencia Internacional De Psicologia Communitaria, Chile-2018
    Naiema Taliep & Hazel Swanepoel
2018

November 2018, Vol. 16, Issue 2 - E-publication date 11 December 2018

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Editorial Perspective

  • Symbolic violence: Enactments, articulations and resistances in research and beyond
    Sipho Dlamini, Rebecca Helman & Nick Malherbe

Original Contributions

  • The geographies of heteronormativity: The source of symbolic homophobic violence at a South African university
    Anthony Brown
  • Symbolic violence and the invisibility of disability
    Leslie Swartz, Xanthe Hunt, Brian Watermeyer, Mark Carew, Stine Hellum Braathen & Paul Rohleder
  • Relationship between symbolic violence and overt violence in hate incidents in South Africa
    Tanya Pieterse, Vanessa Stratford & Juan A. Nel

Poem

  • Selotape for bullet holes
    Angelique Thomas

Conference Reports

  • "Maybe you are just not angry enough”
    Refiloe Makama
  • Humility and fear: Meditating on a theme
    Nkosiyomzi Haile Matutu

October 2018, Vol. 16, Issue 1 - E-publication date 11 December 2018

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Original Contributions

  • "I’m here for abusing my wife”: South African men constructing intersectional subjectivities through narratives of their own violence
    Floretta Boonzaier & Taryn Van Niekerk
  • Reflections on the development and utility of a participatory community violence surveillance methodology
    Deborah Isobell, Naiema Taliep, Sandy Lazarus, Mohamed Seedat, Esmerelda Toerien & Anna James
  • Parents’ knowledge of car safety practices amongst school children in an urban community of Lagos, Nigeria
    Tolulope F. Olufunlayo, Adekemi O. Sekoni, Lynne E. Bilston & Olanrewaju Onigbogi
  • An interactive computer program for South African urban primary school children to learn about traffic signs and rules
    Aubrey Fransman, Barry Richter & Schalk Raath

Perspective

  • "I’ll show you how a real woman should act”: One woman’s experience of homophobic violence and intimidation on post-apartheid South Africa
    Sarah F. Gordon

Conference Reports

  • Injury Control and Traffic Safety Course
    Samed Bulbulia & Kasia Venter
  • Report on a Colloquium Series on Decolonisation and African-centredness in Research, Teaching and Research Dissemination
    Neziswa Titi & Kopano Ratele
    2017

    June 2017, Vol. 15, Issue 1 - E-publication date 23 June 2017

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    Contents

    Perspectives

    • Violence protests and gendered identities
      Yandisa Sikweyiya & Sebenzile Nkosi
    • Harnessing the power of South-South partnerships to build capacity for the prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence
      Elizabeth Dartnall & Anik Gevers

    Original Contributions

    • Exploring the heuristic value of non-personal data for sexual- and gender-based violence research and prevention in South Africa
      Corne Davis & Dirk N. Meerkotter
    • Mainstreaming road safety in the regional integration of the East African Community to reduce road traffic injuries
      Joseph K. Balikuddembe, Davoud Khorasani-Zavareh, Paul Sinclair, Kasiima Stephen, Ali Ardalan, & Amir Nejati

    Conference Reports and Calls

    • Phoenix Rehabilitation and Prevention – European Burn Association Joint Workshop on Burn Rehabilitation and Prevention: Sharing experiences, 16 – 18 January 2017, Cape Town, South Africa
      Nancy Hornsby & Roxanne Jacobs
    • Traffic Course Call: Injury Control and Traffic Safety Training Course, 2 – 4 October 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Conference Call: 7th African Regional Safe Communities and Peace Promotion Conference: Strengthening Community Prevention and Promotive Responses, 23 – 26 July 2018, Maputo, Mozambique
    2016

    Vol. 14, Issue 2 - E-publication date 29 March 2017

    Contents

    Original Contribution

    • Hospital disaster emergency preparedness: A study of Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital, Northern Namibia.
      Alice Ncube & Gerald N. T. Chimenya.

    Perspective

    • The National School Safety Framework: A framework for preventing violence in South African schools
      Gillian Makota & Lezanne Leoschut 

    Conference Reports

    • The 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, Tampere, Finland
      Nick Malherbe

    Vol. 14, Issue 1

    Contents

    Original Contributions

    • Community asset mapping for violence prevention: A comparison of views in Western Cape, South Africa and Memphis, USA
      Teresa Cutts, Jill Olivier, Sandy Lazarus, Naiema Taliep, Jim Cochrane, Mohamed Seedat, Ricardo van Reenan, Cathy Henricks & Haseena Carelse
    • Seatbelt use among university students from 26 low, middle and high income countries
      Karl Peltzer & Supa Pengpid
    • Learners’ self-reports of exposure to violence in schools: A gendered reflection
      Taole Matshidiso Joyce

    Conference Report

    • UN-Habitat, African Forum for Urban Safety Conference: Africa’s progress towards “Safer Cities”, Durban, South Africa
      Nancy Hornsby

    Special Issue Call: South African men, masculinities and violence

    2015

    Volume 13, Issue 2

    Contents

    Original Contributions

    • Perceived childhood exposure to domestic violence: The risk for adult revictimisation
      Jill Ryan, Edna Rich, & Nicolette V. Roman
    • “If it is a tear let it be a tear, not a laceration”: Form J88 as evidence in prosecution of violence against women in South Africa
      Ramadimetja Mogale, Kaysi Eastlick Kushner, & Magdalena Solina Richter
    • A quantitative exploration of the effects of workplace bullying on South African educators
      Lynette Jacobs & Corene de Wet
    • Prevalence, circumstances and consequences of non-fatal road traffic injuries and other bodily injuries among older people in China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa
      Karl Peltzer, Nancy Paswana-Mafuya, Perianayagam Arokiasamy, Richard Biritwurm, Alfred Yawson, Nadia Minicuci, Jennifer Stewart Williams, Paul Kowal, Somnath Chatterji, & SAGE Collaborating Group.
    • The role of ex-offenders in implementing the Community Work Programme as a crime and violence prevention initiative
      Malose Langa & Themba Masuku

    Conference Report

    • Health, healthcare and social justice: The 9th Biennial International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference, 12 to 15 July, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
      Nicole Scullard

    Call for papers

    • The UN decade of action for road safety: Progress, challenges, and successes

    Vol. 13, Issue 1

    Contents

    Editorial

    • Youth, violence and equality: Perspectives on engaging youth toward social transformation
      Floretta Boonzaier, Jukka Lehtonen & Rob Pattman

    Original Contributions

    • Young lesbian and bisexual women resisting discrimination and negotiating safety: A photovoice study
      Floretta Boonzaier & Maya Zway
    • Empowering young people in advocacy for transformation: A photovoice exploration of safe and unsafe spaces on a university campus
      Sisa Ngabaza, Erika Bojarczuk, Michelle P. Masuku & Rudolf Roelfse
    • Exclusionary violence and bullying in the playground: Football and gender ‘policing’ at school
      Emmanuel Mayeza
    • ‘…a huge monster that should be feared not done’: Lessons learned in sexuality education in South Africa
      Tamara Shefer, Lou-Marie Kruger, Catriona Mclead, Jean Baxen & Louise Vincent

    ASP Special Issue Call

    • The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety: Progress, challenges and successes

    Conference Announcement

    • 6th International Conference on Community Psychology: Global dialogues on critical knowledge, liberation and community
    2014

    Vol. 12, Issue 2

    Contents

    Perspective

    • Taking safety promotion and injury prevention “beyond interventionism”: Aligning activity theory with community based participatory research
      Louis Botha

    Original Contributions

    • Urban density, deprivation and road safety: A small area study in the eThekwini metropolitan area, South Africa
      Anesh Sukhai and Andrew P. Jones
    • “A stitch in time…may save nine”: A systematic synthesis of the evidence for domestic violence management and prevention in Emergency Care
      Navindhra Naidoo, Lillian Artz, Lorna J Martin, and Mustafa Zalgaonker

    Conference report

    • American Men’s Studies Association 22nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Considering Culture: Masculinities in International and Regional Culture
      Brittany Everitt-Penhale

    Vol. 12, Issue 1

    Contents

    Original Contributions

    • Effectiveness of road safety education in Nigeria using a quasi-experimental trial
      Ifeoma P. Okafor, Kafoworola A. Odeyemi, Duro C. Dolapo, Amobi L. Ilika and Adenike O. Omosun
      1 Affiliation details have been corrected and replaced for the 4th author.
    • Everyday partner violence in Rwanda: The contribution of community-based sociotherapy to a peaceful family life
      Annemiek Richters and Emmanuel Sarabwe
    • An exploration of student perceptions of the risks and protective factors associated with child sexual abuse and incest in the Western Cape, South Africa
      Chernelle Lambert and Michelle Andipatin

    Reviews

    • Skin bleaching: A neglected form of injury and threat to global skin health
      Jalika C. Street, Karie Gaska, Kelly M. Lewis and Michael L. Wilson
    • Helmet use and associated factors among motorcyclists in the Southeast Asian Nations: Prevalence and effect of interventions
      Karl Peltzer and Supa Pengpid

    Conference report

    • XXI International Safe Communities Conference: “Prevention to build safer environments”, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
      Ghouwa Ismail
    2013

    Vol. 11, Issue 2

    Contents

    • Editorial
    • Critical reflections on contemporary responses to gender violence

    Perspectives

    • Gender-based violence and evidence-based primary prevention in South Africa
      Aník Gevers, Nwabise Jama-Sha and Yandisa Sikweyiya
    • Relevance and feasibility of WHO recommendations for intimate partner violence care
      Kate Joyner
    • The importance of confronting a colonial, patriarchal and racist past 
      Lucy Valerie Graham
    • Gender violence in and around schools
      Deevia Bhana
    • Vrou is Gif
      Louise Vincent and Samantha Naidu

    Original Contributions

    • Sexual violence in post-conflict Sierra Leone
      Johannes John-Langba, Vivian Nasaka John-Langba and Nyella Maya Rogers
    • Conspicuous by its absence
      Navindhra Naidoo, Stephen E. Knight and Lorna J. Martin
    • “We face rape. We face all things”
      Sarah Frances Gordon and Anthony Collins
    • “She keeps his secrets”.
      Karen Fleming and Lou-Marie Kruger

    Volume 11, Issue 1

    Perspectives

    • Implementation epidemiology: The study of the frequency, distribution and determinants of effective prevention practice
      Roderick John McClure and Tamzyn Maria Davey

    Original Contributions

    • The severity of violence against women by intimate partners and associations with perpetrator alcohol and drug use in the Vhembe district, South Africa
      Karl Peltzer and Supa Pengpid
    • Community violence in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: A mixed methods study
      Anne H. Outwater, Edward Mgaya and Jacquelyn C. Campbell
    • Investigating risk and protective factors to mainstream safety and peace at the University of South Africa
      Luciana Rodriguez, Sherianne Kramer and Bronwyn Sherriff

     

       

      2012

      Volume 10, Issue 2

      Original Contributions

      • A critical review of child maltreatment indices: Psychometric properties and application in the South African context.
        Ritacco, G., & Suffla, S
      • Pattern and severity of childhood unintentional injuries in Ismailia city, Egypt.
        El-Sayed, H., Zekry, O., Abbas, H., Hamid, S.A., & Hyder, A.
      • Urban and rural differences in child injury deaths in South Africa: A one year review
        Swart, L., Laher , H., Seedat, M., & Gantchev, G.
      • Demographic and contextual influences in injury risk among adolescents in a low-income country setting: Results from a school-based survey in Tanzania
        Wilson, M.L., Kamala, B.A., Dunlavy, A.C., & Kigwangalla, H.A.
      • Sustainable safety volunteerism in the Strand, Western Cape: Volunteer identity, motivation and socio-organisational experiences
        Bulbulia, S., & van Niekerk, A.

      Volume 10, Issue 1

      Original Contributions

      • Educators’ Perceptions of Factors Contributing to School Violence in Alexandra. 
        Shenaaz Pahad & Tanya M. Graham
      • Young Black Men’s Risk to Firearm Homicide in Night Time Johannesburg,South Africa: a Retrospective Analysis based on the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System
        Sherianne Kramer & Kopano Ratele

      Book Review

      • Crime, Violence and Injury in South Africa: 21st Century Solutions for Child Safety
        Reviewed by Marinda Kotzé