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dc.contributor.advisor Sodi, T. Samuriwo, Kuwandandishe Priscilla 2018-07-20T08:40:22Z 2018-07-20T08:40:22Z 2018
dc.description Thesis (M. A. (Clinical Psychology)) --University of Limpopo, 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract Studies by the World Health Organisation have shown that mental illness is an international health concern across the globe, with one in four people (25%) suffering from mental disorders in both developed and developing countries. In many African countries traditional health practitioners are the health care providers of choice for individuals, families and communities. The aim of this study was to explore methods used by Shona speaking traditional health practitioners in the prevention of mental illness in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. A qualitative research design was used in the present study. Ten Shona speaking traditional health practitioners (male=9; female=1) were selected through purposive sampling and requested to participate in the study. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews and analysed through thematic content analysis. It was found that traditional healers tend to commonly understand and conceptualise mental illness in terms of the causes instead attaching nosological labels to these conditions. The findings of the study also show that most of the traditional health practitioners interviewed had similar methods of preventing mental illness both in families and individuals. Culture was found to be central in shaping how the traditional health practitioners understand and prevent mental illness. Ancestors were found to be pivotal in specifically determining the methods to prevent mental illness for each client. The study is concluded by recommending closer collaboration between the dominant Western health care system and traditional healing in order to improve mental health care provision in Zimbabwe. en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 69 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 Developing countries en_US
dc.subject Traditional health practitioners en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Alternative medicine specialists en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- Social aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- Treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- Alternative treatment en_US
dc.title An exploration of methods used by Shona speaking traditional health practitioners in the prevention of mental illness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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