Brief Report

Mothering Children with Schizophrenia in a Village Setting: A Multiple Case Study

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 22, issue 2, 2012 , pages: 259–262
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2012.10820527
Author(s): Azwihangwisi Josphinah NegotaUniversity of Limpopo, South Africa, Solomon MashegoaneUniversity of Limpopo, South Africa


This study reports on the experiences of mothers (n=8) raising children with schizophrenia in a rural South African village. The mothers were individually interviewed at their homes, using in-depth, phenomenological methods. Data were thematically analysed. Mothers of children with schizophrenia indicated that they are facing the following challenges on their process of caregiving: mothers' emotional reactions, blaming witchcraft, dealing with the children's violence and destructiveness, poverty and unemployment, financial support, isolation and social support, effects of schizophrenia on the mother-child relationship, and the loss that mothers go through.

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