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Research Theme 1:

Resource Insecurity,



Sustainable Livelihoods

29. Owusu, S. A., Ekumah, B., Kodom, R. V., Enyan, N. I. E., Aboh, I. K., Quansah, R.,Boamah, S.A.,
Boateng, G.O., Obiri-Yeboah, D., Doku, D.T., Nsabimana, E., & Armah, F. A. (2022). Parenting
practices and family relationships during the COVID-19 lockdown in Ghana
. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 13(2).

30. Boateng, G.O., Teye Doku, D., Ebu Enyan, N., Owusu, S.A., Aboh, I.K., Kodom, R.V., Ekumah, B., Quansah, R., Boamah, S.A., Obiri-Yeboah, D., Nsabimana, E., Jansen, S., & Armah, F. (2021).  Prevalence and changes in boredom, anxiety, and well-being among Ghanaians during the COVID-19 pandemic: a population-based study. BMC Public Health, 21, 985.

31. Iddi, S., Obiri-Yeboah, D., Aboh, I.K., Quansah, R., Owusu, S.A., Enyan, N.I.E., Kodom, V., Nsabimana, E., Jansen, S., Ekumah, B., Boamah, S.A., Boateng, G.O., Doku, D.T., & Armah, F.A. (2021). Coping Strategies adapted by Ghanaians during the COVID-19 Crisis and Lockdown: a Population-based Study. PLoS ONE.

32. Mobolanle, B., Banke-Thomas, A., Sekoni, A., Boateng, G.O., Yesufu., Wright, O., Ubani, O., Abayomi, A., Afolabi, B., & Ogunsola, F. (2021). Challenges in access and satisfaction with reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services in Nigeria during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional survey. PloS ONE, 16 (5), e0251382.


  1. Yawson, D. O., Boateng, G. O., Payne, K., Joyette, A., & Armah, F. A. (2024). Perceived changes in the quality of terrestrial, coastal, marine environment and natural resources in coastal communities in the Caribbean. Local Environment, 1–25. 

  2. Balogun, M., Banke-Thomas, A., Galvin, S., & Boateng, G.O. (2023). Social inequality and equity in
    community actions for health
    . Frontiers in Public Health, 11.
  3. Boateng, G.O. & Adams, E. A. (2023). A multilevel multidimensional scale for measuring housing insecurity in urban slums and informal settlements: a psychometric study. Cities, 132, 104059.
  4. Miller, J. D., Collins, S. M., Boateng, G.O., Widen, E. M., Natamba, B., Achoko, W., Acidri, D. Young, S.L., & Martin, S. L. (2022). Pathways linking social support, self-efficacy, and exclusive breastfeeding among women in northern Uganda. Global Public Health, 1-13
  5. Radwan, H.M., Fakhry, R., Boateng, G.O., Metheny, N., Bani Issa, W., Faris, M.E., Obaid, R.S., Al Marzooqi, S.A., Al Ghazal, H., & Dennis, CL (2022). Translation and Psychometric Evaluation of the Arabic Version of the Breastfeeding Self Efficacy Scale-Short Form among women in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Human Lactation, 39(1) 40-50.
  6. Koyratty, N., Jones, A.D., Schuster, R., Katarzyna, K., Chin-Shang, L., Mbuya, M.N., Boateng, G.O.,
    Ntozini, R., Smith, L.E., Chasekwa, B., & Humphrey, J. (2021). Food insecurity and water insecurity in rural Zimbabwe: development of multidimensional household measures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (11), 6020.
  7. Ajibade, I. & Boateng, G.O. (2021). Predicting why people engage in pro-sustainable behaviours in Portland, Oregon: the role of environmental self-identity, personal norm, and socio-demographics. Journal of Environmental Management, 289. 112538
  8. Boateng, G.O., Phipps, L.M., Smith, L.E., & Armah, F.A. (2021). Household energy insecurity and COVID-19 have independent and synergistic health effects on vulnerable populations. Frontiers of Public Health-Environmental Health and Exposome, 8, 1068.
  9. Young, S.L., Miller, J.D., Frongillo, E.A., Boateng, G.O., Jamaluddine, Z., & Neilands, T.B. (2020). Validity of a four-item household water insecurity experiences scale (HWISE-4) for assessing water issues related to health.  The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 104 (1), 391-394.
  10. Boateng, G.O., Balogun, M.R., Dada, F.O., Armah, F.A. (2020). Household energy insecurity: dimensions and consequences for women, infants and children in low-and middle-income countries. Social Science and Medicine, 258, 113068.
  11. Boateng, G.O., Workman, C.L., Miller, J.D., Onono, M., Neilands, T.B., & Young, S.L (2020). The syndemic effects of food insecurity, water insecurity, and HIV on postpartum depression among Kenyan women. Social Science and Medicine, 113043.
  12. Young, S.L., Boateng, G.O., Jamuluddine, Z., Miller, J.D., Frongillo, E.A., Neilands, T.B., Collins, S.M., Wutich, A., Jepson, W.E., Stoler, J., & HWISE consortium (2019). The Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) scale: development and validation of a tool to measure household water insecurity measure for low-and middle-income countries. British Medical Journal - Global Health, e001750.  
  13. Golden, C.D., Borgerson, C., Rice, B.L., Allen, L.H., Anjaranirina, J.G., Barrett, C.B., Boateng, G.O., Gephart, J.A., Hampel, D., Knippenberg, E., Myers, S.S., Relalason, D.H., Ramihantaniarivo, H., Randriamady, H.J., Shahab-Ferdows, S., Vaitla, B., Volkman, S., &Vonona, M.A (2019). Cohort description of the Medagascar Health and Environmental Research – Antogil (MAHERY-Antongil) Study in Madagascar. Frontiers in Nutrition, 6:109.
  14. Miller, J., Young, S.L., Boateng, G.O., Oiye, S., & Owino, V.O. (2019). Greater household food insecurity is associated with lower breast milk intake, but not prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding, among HIV-uninfected infants in western Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition, e12862.
  15. Boateng, G.O., Martin, S.L., Tuthill, E.L., Collins, S.M., Dennis, C-L, Natamba, B.K., & Young, S.L (2019). Adaptation and Psychometric Evaluation of the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale to assess Exclusive Breastfeeding. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19 (73), 1-14.
  16. Boateng, G.O., Okoye, D., Amoyaw, J.A., & Luginaah, I.N (2019). Six Decades after Independence: The Enduring influence of Missionary Activities on Regional Wealth Inequalities in Ghana. Journal of Economic Geography, lby067.
  17. Bezner Kerr, R., Kangmennaang, J., Laifolo, D., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Lupafya, LS., Msachi, R., Boateng, G.O., Snapp, S.S., Chitaya, A., Moana, E., Gondwe, T., Nkhonjera, P., & Luginaah, I. (2019). Participatory agroecological research on climate change adaptation improves smallholder farmer household food security and dietary diversity in Malawi. Agriculture, Ecosystems, & Environment, 279,109-121.
  18. Young, S.L., Collins, S.M., Boateng, G.O., Neilands, T.B., Jamaluddine, Z., Miller, J.D., Brewis, A., Frongillo, E.A., Jepson, W.E., Melgar-Quiñonez, H., Schuster, R.C., Stoler, J., Wutich, A. & the HWISE Research Coordination Network (2019). Development and validation protocol for an instrument to measure household water insecurity scale across cultures and ecologies: the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) scale. British Medical Journal-Open, 9, 023558.
  19. Collins, S.M., Mbullo, P., Miller, J.D., Boateng, G.O., Wekesa, P., Onono, M., & Young, S.L (2019). “I know how stressful it is to lack water!” Exploring the Lived Experiences of household water insecurity among pregnant and postpartum women in western Kenya. Global Public Health, 14 (5), 649-662.
  20. Boateng, G.O., Collins, S., Mbullo, P., Wekesa, P., Onono, M., Neilands, T., & Young, S.L (2018). A Novel Household Water Insecurity Scale: Procedures and Psychometric analysis among Postpartum women in western Kenya. PLoS ONE, 13(6), e0198591
  21. Boateng, G. O., Neilands, TB, Frongillo, EA., Melgar-Quinonez, HR, & Young, SL (2018). Best Practices for Developing and Validating Scales for Health, Social, and Behavioral Research: A Primer. Frontiers in Public Health: Epidemiology, 6 (149), 1-18. [viewed 386,918 times, cited 1,873 times]
  22. Adams, E.A., & Boateng, G.O. (2018). Are Urban Informal Communities Capable of Coproduction? The Influence of Community Public Partnerships on Water Access in Lilongwe, Malawi. Environment and Urbanization, 30 (2), 461-480.
  23. Boateng, G.O., Martin, S.L., Collins, S.M., Natamba, B.K., & Young, S.L. (2018). Measuring Exclusive Breastfeeding Social Support: Scale Development and Validation in Uganda. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 14 (3), e12579
  24. Brooks, Y.M., Collins, S., Mbullo, P., Boateng, G. O., Young, S.L., & Richardson, R.E. (2017). Evaluating Human sensory perceptions and the Compartment Bag Test assays as proxies for the presence and concentration of Escherichia Coli in drinking water in western Kenya. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 97(4), 1005-1008.
  25. Jepson, W., Wutich, A., Collins, S., Boateng, G.O., & Young, S.L. (2017). Progress in Household Water Insecurity Metrics: A Cross Disciplinary Approach in the Social Sciences. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews- Water, 4(3), e1214.
  26. Krumdieck, N., Collins, S.M., Wekesa, P., Mbullo, P., Boateng, G.O., Onono, M., & Young, S.L. (2016). Household Water Insecurity is Associated with a Range of Negative Consequences among Pregnant Kenyan Women of Mixed HIV status. Journal of Water and Health. 14 (6), 1028-1031.
  27. Adams, E.A, Boateng, G.O. & Amoyaw, J.A. (2016). Socio-Economic and Demographic Predictors of Water and Sanitation Access in Ghana. Social Indicators Research, 126, 673-687.
  28. Osei, L., Amoyaw J.A., Boateng, G. O., Boamah, S., & Luginaah, I. (2015). The Paradox of Water Accessibility: Understanding the Temporal and Spatial Dimensions of Access to Improved Water Sources in Rwanda. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 5 (4), 553-564.


64. Boateng, G.O. (2021). Resource insecurity and gendered inequalities in health: a challenge to
sustainable livelihood
In I. Luginaah & W. Allison (Ed.). Geography, health, and sustainability: Gender Matters Globally. Routledge/Taylor & Francis. *

35. Talha, A., Boateng, G.O., Medeiros, A.P., Raj, M. (2021) Caregiving. In E.Jurkowski & A. Guest (Ed.). Healthy Aging through the Social Determinants of Health. Washington: APHA Press *

66. Boateng, G.O. (2016). Book Review: Dashuck, J. (2013). Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of
Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life. The International Indigenous Policy Journal
, 7(1). 


HWISE Beyond the Household: Water Insecurity in Schools and Healthcare Facilities


Scale Development and Validation in Management Research

Dr. Boateng's publications over the years and counting can be grouped into five (5) domains.

Research Theme 4:


Inequalities in 

Health Systems

43. Boateng, G.O.; Wachter, K.; Schuster, R.C.; Burgess, T.L.; Bunn, M. A Scoping Review of Instruments Used in Measuring Social Support among Refugees in Resettlement. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2024, 21, 805. 

44. Kindratt, T. B., Boateng, G. O., Brannon, G. E., Sankuratri, B. Y. V., & Brown, K. K. (2023). Testing
proximal, intermediate, and health outcomes of patient centered communication among non-pregnant women of childbearing age with diabetes mellitus: Findings from the medical expenditure survey,
PEC innovation, 100185.

45. Brown, K.K., Kindratt, T.B., Brannon, G.E., Sankuratri, BYV., & Boateng, G.O. (2023). Patient
experience with their health care provider among non-pregnant women of childbearing age with
diabetes mellitus by race and ethnicity in the United States.
Women’s Health Reports, 4(1), 20-30.

46. Boateng, G.O. & Brown, K.K. (2021). “Go Back to Your Country”: Exploring nurses experiences of workplace conflicts involving patients and close relatives in two Canadian cities. Nursing Inquiry. Doi: 10.111/nin.12444.

47. Brown, K., Kindratt, T., Boateng, G.O., & Brannon, G.E. (2021). Racial and ethnic disparities in
healthcare rating diabetes self-efficacy, and diabetes management among non-pregnant women of
childbearing age: does socio-economic status matter?
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-10.

48. Brown, K., Boateng, G.O., Ossom-Williamson, P., & Haygood, L. (2021). Defining, conceptualizing,
and measuring perceived maternal care quality in low-to high-income countries: a scoping review
Systematic Reviews, 10, 61.

49. Wachter, K., Bunn, M., Schuster, R.C., Boateng, G.O., Cameli, K., Johnson-Agbakwu, C. (2021). A
scoping review of social support research among refugees in resettlement: implications for conceptual
and empirical research
Journal of Refugee Studies, doi: 10.1093/jrs/feab040. 

50. Boateng, G. O., Schuster, R. & Odei Boateng, M. (2019). Uncovering a health and wellbeing gap
among professional nurses: situated experiences of direct care nurses in two Canadian cities
Social Science and Medicine. 242, 112568.

51. Boateng, G. O. & Adams, T.L (2016). ‘Drop dead…I need your Job’: An Exploratory Study of the
Nurse-to-Nurse Conflict in Two Ontario Cities
Social Science and Medicine, 155, 35-42


Research Theme 5:

Mental Health,

Gender inequality

and Health

52. Baiden, P., Xiao, Y., Asiedua-Baiden, G., LaBrenz, C., Boateng, G.O., Graaf, G., Muehlenkamp, J. (2020). Sex differences in the association between sexual violence victimization and suicidal behaviors among adolescents. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports. 1, 100011.

53. Ben Taleb, Z., Ebrahimi Kalan, M., Bahelah, R., Boateng, G.O., Alshbool, F.Z. (2020). Vaping while high: factors associated with using e-cigarette to vape marijuana among youth in the United States. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 217, 108290.

54. Balogun, M.R, Boateng, G.O., Adams, Y.J., Ransome-Kuti, B., Sekoni, A., Adams, E.A. (2020). Use of mobile phones in the promotion of maternal and child health: knowledge and attitudes of primary health care providers in Southwest Nigeria. Journal of Global Health Reports, e2020060.

55. Baiden, P., Tadeo, S.K., Tonui, B.C., Seastrunk, J.D., & Boateng, G.O. (2020). Association between Insufficient sleep and suicidal ideation among adolescents. Psychiatry Research, 287, 112579.

56. Baiden, P., Boateng, G.O., Dako-Gyeke, M., Acolatse, C.K., & Kersley, P.K. (2019). Examining the effects of household food insecurity on school absenteeism among Junior High School Students: Findings from the 2012 Ghana Global School-Based Student Health Survey. African Geographical Review, https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2019.1627667 

57. Baiden, P., Mengo, C., Boateng, G.O., & Small, E. (2019). Investigating the association between age at first alcohol use and suicidal ideation among high school students: Evidence from the youth risk behavior surveillance system. Journal of Affective Disorders, 242, 60-67.

58. Sedziafa, A., Sano, Y., Amoyaw, J., Boateng, G.O., Kuuire, V.Z., Boamah, S., & Kwon, E., (2016). Exploring the Linkage between exposure to mass media and HIV testing among married women and men in Ghana. AIDS Care,  28 (6), 684-688.

59. Amoyaw, J.A., Zubedaar, V.K., Boateng, G.O., Ung, M. & Asare-Bediako, Y. (2015) Correlates and Conundrum of Sexual Decision-making and Safer Sex Behaviour among Married Women in Zambia. Journal of Sex Research, 52(8), 868- 877

60. Boateng, G.O., Armah, F., Amoyaw, J.A., Zubedaar, V.K., Ung, M. & Luginaah, I. (2014). Women Empowerment in the Context of Millennium Development Goal 3: A Case Study of Married Women in Ghana. Social Indicators Research. Vol. 115(1), 137-158.

61. Dixon, J., Tenkorang, E.Y., Luginaah, I. N., Kuuire, V.Z., & Boateng, G.O. (2014). National Health Insurance Scheme Enrolment and Antenatal Care among Women in Ghana: Is there any Relationship? Tropical Medicine and International Health. Vol. 19(1), 98-106.

62. Ung, M., Boateng, G.O., Armah, F., Amoyaw, J.A., Zubedaar, V.K., & Luginaah, I. (2014). Negotiation of Safer Sex among Married Women in Cambodia: The Role of Women’s Autonomy. Journal of Biosocial Science, Vol. 46(1), 90-106.

63. Boateng, G.O., Mumba, D., Asare-Bediako, Y. & Odei Boateng, M. (2014). Examining the Correlates of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Married Women in Zambia. African Geographical Review. Vol. 33(1), 1-18.

Publication Categories

Research Theme 2:



Health Effects

33. Boateng, G.O., Lartey, S.T., Baiden, P., Si, L., Biritwum, R.B., Ziyad, B.T., Kowal, P., Magnussen, C.G., Palmer, A.J, & Luginaah, I. (2021). Measuring hypertension progression with transition probabilities: Estimates from the WHO SAGE Longitudinal study. Frontiers of Public Health, 9:571110. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.571110.

34. Lartey, S.T., Si., L., Lung, T., Magnussen, C.G., Boateng, G.O., Minicuci, N., Kowal, P., Hayes, A., deGraaff, B., Blizzard, L., & Palmer, A.J. (2020). Impact of overweight and obesity on life expectancy, years of life lost, quality-adjusted life years, and lifetime costs in the adult population in Ghana. British Medical Journal - Global Health, 5, e003332.

35. Yadav, U.N., Thapa, T.B., Mistry, S.K., Ghimire, S., Boateng, G.O., & Callaghan, C.O. (2020). Biosocial and disease conditions are associated with good quality of life among older adults in rural eastern Nepal. PloS ONE, 15(11), e0242942.

36. Lartey, S.T., Si., L., Otahal, P., de Graaff, B., Boateng, G.O., Biritwum, R.B., Minicuci, N., Kowal, P., Magnussen, C.G., & Palmer, A.J. (2020) Annual Transition Probabilities of Overweight and Obesity in Older Adults: Evidence from WHO SAGE. Social Science and Medicine, 242, 112821.

37. Lartey, S.T., de Graff, B., Magnussen, C.G., Boateng, G.O., Aikins, M., Minicuci, N., Kowal, P., Lei, S., & Palmer, A. (2020).  Health service utilization and direct healthcare costs associated with obesity in older adult population in Ghana. Health Policy and Planning, 35 (2)199-209.

38. Lartey, S.T., Magnussen, C.G., Si, L., Boateng, G.O., de Graff, B., Biritwum, R.B., Minicuci, N., Kowal, P., Blizzard, L., & Palmer, A. (2019).  Rapidly increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity in older Ghanaian adults from 2007-2015: evidence from WHO-SAGE waves 1 & 2. PLoS ONE.14 (8): e0215045.

39. Lartey, S.T., Magnussen, C.G., Lei, S., de Graff, B., Biritwum, R.B., Mensah, G., Yawson, A., Minicuci, N., Kowal, P., Boateng, G.O., & Palmer, A (2019). The Role of Intergenerational Educational Mobility and Household Wealth in Adult Obesity: Evidence from wave 2 of WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health. PLoS ONE, 14(1), e0208491.

40. Boateng, G.O., Adams, E.A., Odei Boateng, M., Luginaah, I.N., & Taabazuing. M.M (2017). Obesity and the Burden of Health Risks among the Elderly in Ghana – A Population Study’ PLoS ONE, 12 (11), e0186947.

41. Boateng, G.O., Luginaah, I.N. & Taabazuing, M.M. (2015). Examining Risk Factors associated with Hypertension among the Elderly in Ghana. Journal of Aging and Health, 27(7), 1147-1169.

42. Baiden, P., Fallon, B., Dunnen, W.D. & Boateng, G.O. (2015).  The Enduring Effects of Early Childhood adversities and Trouble Sleeping in Canadian Adults: A population – based study. Sleep Medicine, 16 (6), 760-767.

Research Theme 3:


Determinants of