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The lived experiences of single mothers in Swaziland of their son's aggressive behaviour

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 24, issue 2, 2014 , pages: 186–192
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2014.903077
Author(s): Marie PoggenpoelUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa, Chris PH MyburghUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa, Rejoice J SimelaneUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract

The study explored and described the lived experiences of single mothers and described guidelines for psychiatric nurses to facilitate the mental health of single mothers subjected to aggression by their adolescent sons. Participants were a purposive sample of 8 (single mothers, aged between 40 and 50 years, 7 mothers were employed and 3 were professionally trained, 4 mothers were domestic workers and 1 earned living by selling vegetables). The mothers attended the outpatient department at the National Psychiatric Hospital in Swaziland because of being exposed to aggression by their adolescent sons and had adolescent sons living with them 6 months prior to as well as during the study. Data were collected using individual in-depth phenomenological interviews, direct observation and field notes. Analyses used thematic coding. Results reflected that single mothers experienced their adolescent sons as disrespectful and violent, they had negative experiences about their adolescent sons which resulted in anxiety related symptoms, they had negative experiences of self and experienced poor relationships with their neighbours. Guidelines concerning intra- and interpersonal challenges were formulated for the psychiatric nurse to facilitate the mental health of these mothers.

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