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dc.contributor.advisor Sodi, T. Mokalapa, Kanyane Treasure
dc.contributor.other Mothiba, T. 2022-06-30T06:28:33Z 2022-06-30T06:28:33Z 2020
dc.description Thesis (M. A. (Psychology)) -- University of Limpopo, 2020 en_US
dc.description.abstract Though recent South African legislation and policy documents have called for closer collaboration between Western-trained and traditional health practitioners, there is little evidence to show that there is a formal collaboration between the two categories of health care providers. Located within the interpretivist paradigm, and using an exploratory descriptive design, the researcher sought to explore the perceptions of Western-trained health practitioners (WTHPs) in Sekhukhune District (Limpopo Province) towards collaboration between themselves and traditional health practitioners (THPs) in treating mental illness. Seventeen WTHPs (males = 07; females = 10) from three hospitals in Sekhukhune District were selected through purposive sampling and requested to take part in the study. The sample comprised of five clinical psychologists, five medical officers working in psychiatric units, and seven psychiatric nurses. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analysed through thematic analysis. Specifically, Renata Tesch’s eight steps were used to analyse the data. The following psychological themes emerged from the study: (a) shared goals on collaboration; (b) a good effect on collaboration is anticipated; (c) managing interdependence between traditional and Western-trained practitioners; (d) proposed ideal structures of governance to govern the collaboration; (e) recommended legislations and policies on collaboration; (f) suggested factors that may foster collaboration; (g) proposed factors that hinder collaboration; and, (h) referral systems that exist in the health care. The findings suggest that some WTHPs are willing to collaborate with THPs, especially if proper guidelines for collaboration could be provided by the government. Some recommendations on an ideal structure of governance and legislation on collaboration were made by the WTHPs. The WTHPs highlighted factors that may hinder or facilitate closer collaboration between themselves and THPs in providing mental health services to communities. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 94 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Traditional health practitioners en_US
dc.subject Western-trained health practitioners en_US
dc.subject South African legislation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Allied health personnel en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Healers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- Alternative treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Traditional medicine -- South Africa en_US
dc.title Perceptions of Western-trained mental health practitioners in Sekhukhune District towards collaboration with traditional health practitioners in treating mental illness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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