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dc.contributor.advisor Govender, S. Moseya, Ntsandeni
dc.contributor.other Mashegoane, S. 2012-09-12T13:25:13Z 2012-09-12T13:25:13Z 2009
dc.description Thesis (M.A. (Psychology)) --University of Limpopo, 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract Conceptions of epilepsy were studied using Q-methodology. The study was conducted at the University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus) and the surrounding communities. The aim was to examine perceptions of epilepsy among different categories of people and to explore and differentiate between these categories’ individual construction of what epilepsy is. Thirty three participants were recruited for the study. They included medical professionals (doctors and nurses), traditional and spiritual healers, university students (consisting of both health sciences and non-health sciences students), two ethnic groups (namely, the Bapedi and Vhavenda), people who are from both rural and urban areas, and high school teachers. Each category was represented by three people. Participants sorted thirty six statements developed from interviews. Four factors emerged from the analysis, and were labeled as medical perceptions of epilepsy, equality of treatment for epileptics, traditionalist perceptions of epilepsy, and religious beliefs of epilepsy. These factors are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation en_US
dc.format.extent x, 101 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires pdf en_US
dc.subject Epilepsy en_US
dc.subject Q-methodology en_US
dc.subject.ddc 616.853 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Epilepsy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Neurology en_US
dc.subject.mesh Clinical psychology en_US
dc.title Perceptions of epilepsy : A Q-methodology study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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