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An investigation into the form, meaning and treatment of modalities of behavioural problems in children in a semi-urban Zulu population

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dc.contributor.author Naidoo S en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T10:15:42Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T10:15:42Z
dc.date.created 1998 en
dc.date.submitted 1999 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/81222
dc.description.abstract This study explores the form, meaning, etiology and treatment modalities an a sample of Zulu-speaking children presenting with behavioural difficulties, as well as their care-givers and teachers. Community health workers and traditional healers were also included in the study. The results indicate that although behavioural problems in Zulu-speaking children presented mostly similarity to that of western conceptions of behavioural problems, the meanings attached to such behaviour were rooted in cultural traditions such as the belief in witchcraft and ancestral involvement in the day to day lives of Zulu people. Failure to perform a cultural ritual called imbeleko, which is a ceremony intended to introduce a newborn to its ancestors, was believed to result in ancestral anger which manifests as childhood behavioural problems. Treatment of the problem accordingly involves appeasement of the ancestors by completing the ceremony, resulting in the behavioural problems remitting. Whilst there was some acknowledgement of psychosocial etiologies and treatment of behavioural problems, this was mainly by the teachers and community health workers who were exposed to western healing systems. The study reiterates the insistence of medical anthropologists that cultural factors contributing to the etiology of mental illness cannot be ignored, since the meaning of illness in non-western communities is firmly rooted in cultural beliefs and traditions. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Clinical psychology en
dc.title An investigation into the form, meaning and treatment of modalities of behavioural problems in children in a semi-urban Zulu population en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MSoc Sc en


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