Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Nel, K. Smit, B. L.
dc.contributor.other Setwaba, M. 2019-03-06T09:57:58Z 2019-03-06T09:57:58Z 2018
dc.description Thesis (M. A. (Clinical Psychology)) --University of Limpopo, 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract Current understandings of mental illness are deeply rooted in a predominantly westernised paradigms of mental health. Constructs such as mental illness have been found to be socially constructed and rooted in historical contexts and informed by cultural and societal influences. Most of the existing research conducted on the knowledge and perceptions of tertiary-educated individuals towards mental illness have been quantitative in nature. The aim of this study was to qualitatively explore the knowledge and perceptions of undergraduates using Social Representation Theory as a theoretical framework. Purposive sampling was utilised to draw a sample of 16 undergraduate students between the ages of 18-25 years, at the University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus). Thematic Content Analysis (TCA) was used to analyse the semi-structured interviews which were used to collect data. The results of this study found that negative views and perceptions existed amongst the sample pertaining to mental illness and the mentally ill. It was also found that participants conceptualisations of mental illness were not wholly western or traditionally African. Participants perceptions were informed through their cultural and social experiences with the mentally ill. Generally, the study pointed towards a greater need for psycho-education on mental illness. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 101 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Mental illness en_US
dc.subject Conceptualisation en_US
dc.subject Knowledge en_US
dc.subject University of Limpopo en_US
dc.subject Undergraduate students en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental representation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness - Social aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Common fallacies en_US
dc.title Knowledge and perceptions of University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus) undergraduate students towards mental illness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search ULSpace


My Account