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dc.contributor.advisor Sodi, T. Taruvinga, Percy 2022-09-20T12:29:01Z 2022-09-20T12:29:01Z 2016
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D. (Psychology)) -- University of Limpopo, 2016 en_US
dc.description.abstract After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared 2010 a decade of indigenous knowledge systems, there has been an increase in the studies on the role of African traditional healers in describing mental illness and its treatment. Studies have pointed to the relevance of traditional healing in primary health care in many developing countries. The aim of the present study was to explore the conceptualisation and treatment of mental illness by Zezuru Shona traditional healers in Goromonzi District in Zimbabwe. A qualitative research design, and in particular, the phenomenological method was used in the present study. Ten Shona traditional healers were selected through purposive and snowball sampling and requested to participate in the study. Data was collected through in-depth interviews and analysed using Hycner’s phenomenological explicitation process. Five major themes related to the traiditonal healers’ conceptualisation on mental illness were identified. These are: a). Types/characteristics of mental illness; b). Causes of mental illness; c). Diagnosis and treatment of mental illness; d). Challenges faced by traditional healers; and, e). Facilitating factors in the work of traditional healers. The study further revealed that there are a number of illnesses that are are not mental illness but could be closely associated with mental illness. These are epilepsy (pfari), locking (kusungwa) and sexual dysfunctions. Culture was found to play a central role in the traditional healers’ conceptualisation and treatment of mental illness. In this regard, spirituality was found to be a critical factor in the work of traditional healers in diagnosing, interpreting, treating and preventing mental illness and the associated conditions of ill health. These results were discussed in the context of indigenous knowledge systems and mental illness. The study is concluded by recommending the need to have a holistic understanding of mental illness and associated conditions. en_US
dc.format.extent xiv, 174 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Shona traditional healers en_US
dc.subject Mental illness treatment en_US
dc.subject Traditional healers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Healers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health -- Alternative treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- Treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- Social aspects en_US
dc.title An exploration of Shona traditional healers' conceptualisation and treatment of mental illness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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