The experiences and meanings of recovery for Swazi women living with ‘Schizophrenia’
AffiliationUniversity of Salford
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AbstractGlobally, twenty-four million people live with schizophrenia, 90% living in developing countries. While most Western cultures recognise service user expertise within the recovery process this is not evident in developing countries. In particular, Swazi women diagnosed with schizophrenia experience stigma from family, community and care providers, thus compromising their recovery process. This study aimed to explore the experiences and meanings of recovery for Swazi women living with schizophrenia Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis was used. Fifteen women were recruited from Swaziland National Psychiatric Hospital out patients’ department, and face to face interviews were conducted. Four super-ordinate themes were identified: (1) The emotionality of ‘illness of the brain’; (2) Pain! Living with the illness and with others; (3) She is mad just ignore her; and (4) Being better. Discussion focuses on the findings of this study and a number of positive and negative implications emanating from them; labelling, stigma and the roles of family, culture and religious beliefs on the process of recovery. This study provides practitioners with insight into the importance of the socio-cultural context of the lives of women diagnosed with schizophrenia and how, in understanding this, mental health care could be improved.
CitationNxumalo Ngubane, S., McAndrew, S., Collier, E. (2019) 'The experiences and meanings of recovery for Swazi women living with ‘Schizophrenia’. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, pp. 1-22. DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12520
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and mental health nursing