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dc.contributor.advisor Sodi, T. Mashamaite, Phuti Granny
dc.contributor.other Lesolang, N. 2016-11-23T09:16:19Z 2016-11-23T09:16:19Z 2015
dc.description Thesis (M. A. (Clinical Psychology)) -- University of Limpopo, 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract Culture affects the way people conceptualise and make meaning in their daily experiences, and in turn influence their decisions to seek solutions to their predicaments. Therefore the definition, causes and treatment of illnesses appear to be perceived in a socio-cultural context. A qualitative study was conducted among the indigenous healers of Moletjie (Capricorn District), Limpopo Province, (South Africa) to explore the treatment of mental illness. Indigenous healers were selected using the purposive sampling after the African Religion/ Culture & Health Forum was consulted and the names of indigenous healers who are members were obtained. 5 males and 5 females were interviewed. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analyzed using the content analysis method. The following psychological themes emerged from the study: indigenous healers’ notions of mental illness; perceived causes of mental illness; the process of assessment using the divination bones (ditaola); general treatment practices; treatment approaches to psychotic patients; continuous assessment during the treatment process; constant observation of patients during the treatment process; and, treatment procedures that are executed on discharge of the patient. The findings revealed that there are multiple causalities of mental illness and were accounted for by African traditional beliefs. The study revealed that 90% of the indigenous healers admit patients in their homestead during the healing process but the duration differs. The results further revealed that there are two major treatment modalities employed: namely, the use of herbs and ritual performance. The findings emphasize that treatment of mental illness is mainly determined by the perceived causes which emanate from cultural ideologies. en_US
dc.format.extent x, 90 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo en_US
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dc.subject Mental illness patients en_US
dc.subject Mental illness treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Folk remedies en_US
dc.title An exploration of the treatment of mental illness by indigenous healers in Moletjie, Capricorn District, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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