Journal of Psychology in Africa

ISSN: 1433-0237 (Print)
            1815-5626 (Online)
Publication frequency: 6 issues per year

Impact Factor: 0.513 (2018)
5-year Impact Factor: 0.595 (2018)

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)

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Aims & Scope

Findings from psychological research in Africa and related regions need a inter-disciplinary forum for broad-based dissemination and utilisation in the context of development. The Journal of Psychology in Africa provides such a forum. Its core mission is to advance psychological research for the social-cultural and health development in Africanist settings, inclusive of the African diaspora communities around the globe. Research that addresses African heritage realities and opportunities is particularly encouraged. Contributions should attempt a synthesis of local and universal methodologies and applications, contributing to the wider body of knowledge in the applied psychological sciences.
The Journal of Psychology in Africa publishes original empirical research articles, research reviews, conceptual development articles and thematic issues. Manuscripts can be regular research reports, brief reports, and those that address topical professional issues, including case analysis reports. Book reviews are accepted for publication as special announcements. Specifically, manuscripts with the following qualities are encouraged: (1) Combine quantitative and qualitative data, (2) Take a systematic qualitative or ethnographic approach, (3) Use an original and creative methodological approach, (4) Address an important but overlooked topic, (5) Present new theoretical or conceptual idea, and (6) Present innovative context sensitive applications. Manuscript for publication consideration should show an awareness of the cultural context of the research questions asked, the measures used, the results obtained, and interpretations proposed. Finally the papers should be practical, based on local experience, and applicable to crucial efforts in key areas of psychology for development in African cultural heritage settings.


Editor-in- Chief

Professor Elias Mpofu, University of Sydney, Australia

Associate Editors

Professor Debra A Harley, University of Kentucky, USA
Dr Caryl James, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Alex Pieterse, University of Albany, USA
Dr Kayi Ntinda, University of Swaziland
Professor David Lackland Sam, University of Bergen, Norway
Professor Robert Schweitzer, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Consulting Editors

Dr Said Aldhafri, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Dr Linda Blokland, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Professor Olaniyi Bojuwoye, University of Western Cape, South Africa
Dr Karel Botha, North West University, South Africa
Dr Sijmen Brouwers, North West University, South Africa 
Professor David Chakuchichi, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe
Professor Regis Chireshe, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe
Professor Melinde Coetzee, University of South Africa, South Africa 
Dr Tinashe M. Dune, Western Sydney University, Australia
Dr Glacia Ethridge, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA
Professor Stephen Edwards, University of Zululand, South Africa
Dr Velichko H. Fetvadjiev, Victoria University, New Zealand
Professor Carin Hill, University of Johannesburg, South Africa 
Dr Christin Jungers, Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA
Dr Tanya Lyons, Flinders University, Australia
Angellar Mafuvadze Manguvo, University of Missouri
Dr George Mamboleo, West Virginia University, USA
Professor Jacobus Maree, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Dr Trudy Meehan, Rhodes University, South Africa
Dr Anitha Menon, University of Zambia, Zambia
Dr Magen Mhaka-Mutepfa, University of Botswana, Botswana
Dr Jabulani Mpofu, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe
Professor Nithi Muthukrishna, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Professor Kathryn Nel, University of Limpopo, South Africa 
Dr Evadne E. Ngazimbi, Central Connecticut University, USA
Dr Anita Padmanabhanunni, University of the Western Cape, South Africa 
Professor Karl Peltzer, Human Science Research Council, South Africa
Professor IIse Plattner, University of Botswana
Professor Vera Ross, North West University, South Africa 
Professor Graham Stead, Cleveland State University, USA
Dr Linda Theron, North West University, South Africa
Professor Ava D. Thompson, University of the Bahamas, Bahamas
Dr Veronica Umeasiegbu, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA
Professor Fons van de Vijver, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Professor Marie Wissing, North-West University, South Africa
Professor Frank Worrel, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Book Review Editor

Dr Ebonee T Johnson, Southern University, USA

Advisory Board

Dr Clemente Abrokwaa, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Professor Alfred A Adegoke, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Professor David Chakuchichi, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe
Professor David Edwards, Rhodes University, South Africa
Professor Sandy Lazarus, University of Western Cape, South Africa
Professor Lisa Lopez Levers, Duquesne University, USA

Latest Issue

Volume 29, Issue 4, 2019


Introduction to the special section by the guest editor
Author(s): Robert SerpellDepartment of Psychology, Zambia
Pages: 289–291


Mediated mutual reciprocity in the process of African children’s social ontogenesis
Author(s): Therese Mungah Shalo TchombeCenter for Research in Child and Family Development and Education (CRCFDE), Cameroon
Pages: 301–308
Inter- and intra-cultural variation in learning-through-participation among Hadza and BaYaka forager children and adolescents from Tanzania and the Republic of Congo
Author(s): Sheina Lew-LevyDepartment of Psychology, United Kingdom, Alyssa N. CrittendenDepartment of Anthropology, USA, Adam H. BoyetteThompson Writing Program, USA, Ibrahim A. MabullaDepartment of Archaeology and Heritage, Tanzania, Barry S. HewlettDepartment of Anthropology, USA, Michael E. LambDepartment of Psychology, United Kingdom
Pages: 309–318
Staying power: Remembering A. Bame Nsamenang
Author(s): Alan PenceCentre for Global Studies, Canada
Pages: 328–334
Pathways to flourishing among pharmacy students: The role of study demands and lecturer support
Author(s): Mariëtta J BassonOptentia Research Focus Area, South Africa, Sebastiaan RothmannOptentia Research Focus Area, South Africa
Pages: 338–345
Validation of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) in a non-clinical sample of South African working adults
Author(s): Zonica DreyerDepartment of Industrial Psychology and People Management, South Africa, Carolina HennDepartment of Industrial Psychology and People Management, South Africa, Carin HillDepartment of Industrial Psychology and People Management, South Africa
Pages: 346–353
Gratitude, well-being and psychological distress among South African university students
Author(s): Henry D. MasonDirectorate of Student Development and Support, South Africa
Pages: 354–360
Correlates of physical activity among adults with anxiety symptoms in South Africa
Author(s): Supa PengpidASEAN Institute for Health Development, Thailand, Karl PeltzerDeputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation Office, South Africa
Pages: 361–365
Profiling work-related signature strengths of “Born Free” South Africans: A gender perspective
Author(s): Ita GeyserDepartment of Hospitality and Tourism Management (STH), South Africa, Madelyn GeldenhuysDepartment of Industrial Psychology and People Management (IPPM), South Africa
Pages: 366–374
The psychosocial needs of parents of adolescents who attempt suicide
Author(s): Vangi E. NgwaneDepartment of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa, Anna E. van der WathDepartment of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa
Pages: 375–382
Personality profiling of South African rugby union players
Author(s): Ankebé KrugerPhysical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec), South Africa, Kobus Du PlooyInstitute of Psychology & Wellbeing (IPW), North-West University, South Africa, Pieter KrugerInstitute of Psychology & Wellbeing (IPW), North-West University, South Africa
Pages: 383–387
Psychological contract influence on organisational identification among call centre employees
Author(s): Definite MutendiDepartment of Industrial Psychology and People Management, South Africa, Roslyn De BraineDepartment of Industrial Psychology and People Management, South Africa, Nelesh DhanpatDepartment of Industrial Psychology and People Management, South Africa
Pages: 388–392
Employee engagement, organisational commitment, and job satisfaction in Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe: An exploratory study
Author(s): Molefe MalekaDepartment of People Management and Development, South Africa, Mthokozisi MpofuDepartment of People Management and Development, South Africa, Clifford Kendrick HlatywayoDepartment of Human Sciences, Namibia, Ines MeyerOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Stuart CarrIndustrial and Organisational Psychology, New Zealand, Jane ParkerEmployment Relations and HRM, New Zealand
Pages: 393–400
Adult attachment theory and Rorschach Inkblot Method: A systematic literature review
Author(s): Pholly D. ZiziSchool for Psychosocial Health and Community Psychosocial Research, South Africa, Ruan SpiesWorkWell Research Unit for Economic and Management, South Africa, Cristel VoslooWorkWell Research Unit for Economic and Management, South Africa
Pages: 405–412

Brief Report

Sedentary behaviour and sleep problems among young, middle-aged, and older persons in South Africa: A brief report
Author(s): Karl PeltzerDeputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation Office, South Africa, Supa PengpidASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University, Thailand
Pages: 401–404


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Submission of a manuscript implies that the material has not previously been published, nor is it being considered for publication elsewhere. Submission of a manuscript will be taken to imply transfer of copyright of the material to the owners, Africa Scholarship Development Enterprize. Contributions are accepted on the understanding that the authors have the authority for publication. Material accepted for publication in this journal may not be reprinted or published without due copyright permissions. The Journal has a policy of anonymous peer review. Papers will be scrutinised and commented on by at least two independent expert referees or consulting editors as well as by an editor. A multi-layered manuscript review process is implemented to result in high quality publications: a peer review and developmental review. The peer review process addresses the primae-face merits of the manuscript’s scientific contribution subject to the Editor’s discretionary decision. The developmental review by the Editorial office advises the scientific writing presentation qualities of the manuscript. The Editor reserves the right to revise the final draft of the manuscript to conform to editorial requirements. A manuscript development support charge of USD 1575 is levied on all accepted manuscripts and payable to the journal’s US Bank account. Instructions for remitting the publication levy are provided to lead or corresponding authors by the Editorial Office. Lead authors will receive a complimentary issue of the journal issue in which their article appears.

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By submitting to the Journal of Psychology in Africa for publication review, the author(s) agree to any originality checks during the peer review and production processes. A manuscript is accepted for publication review on the understanding that it contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, fraudulent, illegal. libellous, or obscene. During manuscript submission, authors should declare any competing and/or relevant financial interest which might be potential sources of bias or constitute conflict of interest. The author who submits the manuscript accepts responsibility for notifying all co-authors and must provide contact information on the co-authors. The Editor-in-Chief will collaborate with Taylor and Francis using the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics in cases of allegations of research errors; authorship complaints; multiple or concurrent (simultaneous) submission; plagiarism complaints; research results misappropriation; reviewer bias; and undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Manuscripts should be written in English and conform to the publication guidelines of the latest edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) publication manual of instructions for authors. Manuscripts can be a maximum of 7000 words.

Manuscripts should be prepared in MSWord, double spaced with wide margins and submitted via email to the Editor-in-Chief, Elias Mpofu. Before submitting a manuscript, authors should peruse and consult a recent issue of the Journal of Pyschology in Africa for general layout and style.

Manuscript format
All pages must be numbered consecutively, including those containing the references, tables and figures. The typescript of a manuscript should be arranged as follows:
•Title: this should be brief, sufficiently informative for retrieval by automatic searching techniques and should contain important keywords (preferably <13).
•Author(s) and Address(es) of author(s): The corresponding author must be indicated. The author’s respective addresses where the work was done must be indicated. An e-mail address, telephone number and fax number for the corresponding author must be provided.
•Abstract: Articles and abstracts must be in English. Submission of abstracts translated to French, Portuguese and/ or Spanish is encouraged. For data-based contributions, the abstract should be structured as follows:
Objective – the primary purpose of the paper, Method – data source, participants, design, measures, data analysis, Results – key findings, implications, future directions and Conclusions – in relation to the research questions and theory development. For all other contributions (except editorials, book reviews, special announcements) the abstract must be a concise statement of the content of the paper. Abstracts must not exceed 150 words. The statement of the abstract should summarise the information presented in the paper but should not include references.
• Text: (1) Per APA guidelines, only one space should follow any punctuation; (2) Do not insert spaces at the beginning or end of paragraphs; (3) Do not use colour in text; and (4) Do not align references using spaces or tabs, use a hanging indent.
• Tables and figures: These should contain only information directly relevant to the content of the paper. Each table and figure must include a full, stand-alone caption, and each must be sequentially mentioned in the text. Collect tables and figures together at the end of the manuscript or
supply as separate files. Indicate the correct placement in the text in this form . Figures must conform to the journals style. Pay particular attention to line thickness, font and figure proportions, taking into account the journal’s printed page size – plan around one column (82 mm) or two column width (170 mm). For digital photographs or scanned images the resolution should be at least 300 dpi for colour or greyscale artwork and a minimum of 600 dpi for black line drawings. These files can be saved (in order of preference) in PSD, PDF or JPEG format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but DO NOT EMBED Excel graphs or Powerpoint slides in a MS Word document.

Referencing style should follow latest edition of the APA manual of instructions for authors.
• References in text: References in running text should be quoted as follows: (Louw & Mkize, 2012), or ( Louw, 2011), or Louw (2000, 2004a, 2004b). All surnames should be cited the first time the reference occurs, e.g., Louw, Mkize, and Naidoo (2009) or (Louw, Mkize, & Naidoo, 2010). Subsequent citations should use et al., e.g. Louw et al. (2004) or (Louw et al., 2004). ‘Unpublished observations’ and ‘personal communications’ may be cited in the text, but not in the reference list. Manuscripts submitted but not yet published can be included as references followed by ‘in press’.
• Reference list: Full references should be given at the end of the article in alphabetical order, using double spacing. References to journals should include the author’s surnames and initials, the full title of the paper, the full name of the journal, the year of publication, the volume number, and inclusive page numbers. Titles of journals must not be abbreviated. References to books should include the authors’ surnames and initials, the year of publication, full title of the book, the place of publication, and the publisher’s name. References should be cited as per the examples below:

Reference samples
Journal article
Peltzer, K. (2001). Factors at follow-up associated with adherence with adherence with directly observed therapy (DOT) for tuberculosis patients in South Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 11, 165–185.
Gore, A. (2006). An inconvenient truth: The planetary emergency of global warming and what we can do about it. Emmaus, PA: Rodale.
Edited book
Galley. K. E. (Ed.). (2004). Global climate change and wildlife in North America. Bethesda, MD: Wildlife Society.
Chapter in a book
Cook, D. A., & Wiley, C. Y. (2000). Psychotherapy with members of the African American churches and spiritual traditions. In P. S. Richards & A. E. Bergin (Ed.), Handbook of psychotherapy and religiosity diversity (pp 369–396). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Magazine article
Begley, S., & Murr, A. (2007, July 2). Which of these is not causing global warming? A. Sport utility vehicles; B. Rice fields; C. Increased solar output. Newsweek, 150 (2), 48–50.
Newspaper article (unsigned)
College officials agree to cut greenhouse gases. (2007, June 13). Albany Times Union, p. A4.
Newspaper article (signed)
Landler, M. (2007, June 2). Bush’s Greenhouse Gas Plan Throws Europe Off Guard. New York Times, p. A7.
Unpublished thesis
Appoh, L. (1995). The effects of parental attitudes, beliefs and values on the nutritional status of their children in two communities in Ghana (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Trondheim, Norway.
Conference paper
Sternberg, R. J. (2001, June). Cultural approaches to intellectual and social competencies. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, Toronto, Canada.


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