This dissertation was made possible by the enthusiastic support, suggestions,
encouragement, and guidance of many individuals. I am greatly indebted to my advisor
Dr. Teresa Franklin for her guidance, encouragement, and unconditional support and to
the other members of my dissertation committee, Drs. Gordon Brooks, Ann Kovalchick
and Dianne Gut. Without them this dissertation would not have been completed. I thank
them most sincerely.
No listing of acknowledgement would be complete without emphasizing the
contributions of many family members who supported my education. I could not hope to
list them all, but I do want to acknowledge their support especial my late dad, Mr.
Samuel Edmund Blankson, my mom Mrs. Agatha Blankson, my two elder sisters Julie
and Cecilia Blankson especially for their guidance, encouragement and financial
contributions even in hard times and also my brother Dr. Isaac Blankson and his family
for the continuous support. I also extend my sincere gratitude to the other members of
the Blankson for their prayers and encouragement.
Finally, and most important, I want to acknowledge the love, support and
understanding of my wife Dr. Mrs. Lydia Kyei-Blankson, my children Kweku-Acquah,
Nana Kwame Kyei and Awurama Blankson. Honor and Glory be to Almighty God for
what he has done and continues to do in my life.