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Jennings Mayo-Wilson L, M M, Yi G, Mak’anyengo, MO, Davoust M, ML M, Stefan Baral, Fred M. Ssewamala, Glass NE.  2020.  Lessons learned from using respondent driven sampling (RDS) to assess sexual risk behaviors among Kenyan young adults living in urban slum settlements: A process evaluation. PLoS ONE . 15(4)
Catherine Mawia Musyoka, Anne Mbwayo, Dennis M. Donovan, Mathai M.  2020.  mHealth-based peer mentoring for prevention of alcohol and substance abuse among first year university students: protocol for quasi-experimental intervention. Journal of Substance Use. :53-59.


Anne Wanjiru Mbwayo, Mathai M, Lincoln. I Khasakhala, Mary Wangari Kuria, Vander Stoep A.  2019.  Mental Health in Kenyan Schools: Teachers’ Perspectives. Global Social Welfare. 7:157-163.
Catherine Mawia Musyoka, Anna Mbwayo, Mathai M.  2019.  Prevalence and patterns of substance use among first year students in a Public University in Kenya. . J Psychol Cognition . 4(2)
Florence WN Wachira, Mathai M, Kathuku D.  2019.  Family Connectedness and Its Association with Sexual Risk-Taking Among Undergraduate Students At The University Of Nairobi.. The East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC). 3(1)
M, M, Vander Stoep A, Kuria M, Obondo A, Kimani V, Amugune B, M M, Child M, Unützer J KJ.  2019.  Building Mental Health Research Capacity in Kenya: A South-North Collaboration. Global Social Welfare. 6(3):177-188.


Matiko Mwita, Mathai M, Pauline Ng’ang’a, Jande M.  2018.  . Prevalence and correlates of depression and anxiety disorders among patients on treatment for HIV/AIDS in Mwanza-Tanzania. . Tanzania J Health Sci . 2(1):38-49.
Ongeri L, Wanga V, Otieno P, Mbui J, Juma E, Vander Stoep A.  2018.  Demographic, psychosocial and clinical factors associated with postpartum depression in Kenyan women. BMC Psychiatry . 18(318)
Mutavi T, A O, M M, Kokonya D, M D-G.  2018.  Incidence of Self-Esteem among Children Exposed to Sexual Abuse in Kenya, Global Social Welfare. Global Social Welfare. 5(1):39-47.
Mutavi T, A O, Kokonya D, L K, A M, M M.  2018.  Incidence of depressive symptoms among sexually abused children in Kenya.. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Mental Health. 12(40)


Jennings L, M M, Linnemayr S, Trujillo A, M. M’anyengo.  2017.  Economic Context and HIV Vulnerability in Adolescents and Young Adults Living in Urban Slums in Kenya: A Qualitative Analysis Based on Scarcity Theory. AIDS and Behavior. 21(9):2784-2798.


Musyoka C M, Obwenyi A M, M M, D N.  2016.  Models And Approaches To Alcohol And Drug Addiction Rehabilitation In Kenya.. . International Journal of Health and Psychology Research. 4(4):1-12.
Polkovnikova-Wamoto A, M M, Vander Stoep A, Kumar M.  2016.  Haven of safety’ and ‘secure base’: a qualitative inquiry into factors affecting child attachment security in Nairobi, Kenya, . Journal of Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care.. 11(4)


Watson-Jones D, Mugo N, LMVNRDASMSG.  2015.  Access and Attitudes to HPV Vaccination amongst Hard-To-Reach Populations in Kenya. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 26;10(6)(e0123701.)


Khasakhala, LI, Ndetei DM, Mathai M.  2013.  Suicidal behaviour among youths associated with psychopathology in both parents and youths attending outpatient psychiatric clinic in Kenya. Abstract

Suicide is a major cause of death among youths particularly with psychiatric, alcohol abuse and substance abuse disorders. There are relatively few studies on the relationship between psychiatric and substance abuse disorders with suicidal behaviour from low-income countries. This study examines the relationship between suicidal behaviour and co-existing psychiatric or substance disorders among youths and depressive and alcohol use disorders in their parents. METHOD: The study sample had 678 respondents: 250 youths and 226 and 202 biological mothers and fathers, respectively. RESULTS: This study found a significant statistical association between depressive (p < 0.001), alcohol abuse (p <0.001) and substance abuse (p < 0.001) disorders and suicidal behaviour in youths. There was a significant relationship between maternal depressive disorder (p < 0.001) and perceived maternal rejecting parenting behaviour (p < 0.001) with suicidal behaviour in youths. There was a greater odds of a youth with two to three (odds ratio (OR) = 3.63; p = 0.009) and four or more (OR = 8.23; p < 0.001) co-existing psychiatric disorders to have suicidal behaviour than a youth with only one psychiatric disorder. The results also indicate that a higher proportion of youths between ages 16--18 years had suicidal behaviour than youths below 16 years or above 18 years of age (p = 0.004). CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that youths with psychiatric and substance abuse disorders have mothers living with a depressive disorder. Also, perceived maternal rejecting parenting behaviour contributes significantly to the development of suicidal behaviour later in adolescent years.


Kamau, JW, Kuria W, Mathai M, & LA, Kangethe R.  2012.  Psychiatric morbidity among HIV-infected children and adolescents in a resource-poor Kenyan urban community, . AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV . 24:7:836-842.
Khasakhala, LI, Ndetei DM, Mutiso V, Mbwayo AW, Mathai M.  2012.  The prevalence of depressive symptoms among adolescents in Nairobi public secondary schools: association with perceived maladaptive parental behaviour . Afr J of Psychiatry. 15: :106-113.


DM, N, M M, L K, V M, A M.  2010.  University Medical Education In Kenya: The Challenges. . Medical Teacher.; : . 32(10):812-815.


Muthoni, M, Levine T, and Asaah AH.  2009.  Who’s Afraid of Female Sexuality. Empathy and Rage: Female genital Mutilation in African Literature. . : Ayebia Clark. UK
Othieno, CJ, Kitazi N, Mburu J, Obondo A, Mathai MA, Loewenson. R.  2009.  Use of participatory, action and research methods in enhancing awareness of mental disorders in Kariobangi, Kenya: . International Psychiatry . 6(1)


Othieno, CJ, Kitazi N, Mburu J, Obondo A, Mathai MA, Loewenson R.  2008.  Community participation in the management of Mental disorders in Kariobangi, Kenya .


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