Alo, OLUBUNMI AKINSANYA and IJABADENIYI, OLASUPO AUGUSTINE and IBIDA, MARGARET EBELE (2016) MENTAL ILLNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN SOUTHWEST, NIGERIA. North Asian International Research Journal of Social Science & Humanities, 2 (6). pp. 100-126. ISSN 2454 - 9827


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Challenges of mental health care are multifarious and they are an indicator of a county’s level of medical development. This study examined the influence of socio-cultural factors on mental illness and mental health care in Southwest, Nigeria. It identified socio cultural factors that influence mental illness and evaluated the various mental health cares available to people living with mental illness (PLWMI). It also examined the challenges facing people living with mental illness, explored the effects of these factors on the choice of care for mental illness. The target population was people with previous history of mental illness, families of people living with mental illness, mental health care providers (orthodox, spiritual and traditional), and members of the community. A total number of three hundred (300) respondents were selected from the target population. Data were generated through quantitative and qualitative methods. Findings showed that socio-cultural factors exert significant influence on the cause and treatment regime of mental illness. Majority of the respondents believed that orthodox care is more effective in the treatment of mental illness, but they are inadequate and inaccessible. The study further showed that PLWMI are economic burden on the society and are socially stigmatized. The study concluded that socio-cultural factors influence mental illness and mental health care which in turn influence perception of people about mental illness. The study advocated the integration of the various cares and need for community-based approach in the care of mental illness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Socio-cultural factors, mental health, mental illness, orthodox, spiritual care.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr Tayo Okunlola
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 13:12
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 13:12

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