Mental health in Northern Malawi : a cultural perspective
Citation:Karen M. Smyth, 'Mental health in Northern Malawi : a cultural perspective', [thesis], Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). School of Medicine. Discipline of Psychiatry, 2002, pp 340
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This thesis seeks to address a theoretical question: What is the experience of people with a mental disturbance, when they are introduced to a health care system which is ontologically distinct from their own cultural beliefs about health? This question was addressed in the context of a recently established biomedically orientated mental health service in Northern Malawi. Mental disturbance is predominately treated by traditional healers in this region. Two parallel studies were conducted; a longitudinal study which explored the explanation’s patients in the mental health service held regarding their mental disturbance and a study which focussed on traditional healers in the extant healing system.
Author: Smyth, Karen M.
Publisher:Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). School of Medicine. Discipline of Psychiatry
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