Health effects of caregiving and coping with severe mental disorders: A caregivers’ experience

South African Journal of Psychiatry

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Title Health effects of caregiving and coping with severe mental disorders: A caregivers’ experience
Creator Silaule, Olindah Adams, Fasloen Nkosi, Nokuthula G.
Subject Psychiatry informal caregiver; informal carer; caregiving; positive coping mechanisms; negative coping mechanisms; caregiver health; caregiver well-being; mental disorder; severe mental disorder.
Description Background: Informal caregivers are an essential health resource in the care of persons with severe mental disorders, particularly in South Africa where access to mental healthcare services is limited.Aim: The study aimed to explore and describe the coping strategies used by informal caregivers and the specific health impacts they face in the context of severe mental disorders in South Africa.Setting: The study was conducted in Bushbuckridge municipality situated in the northeastern parts of Mpumalanga province, South Africa.Methods: A descriptive qualitative methodology was used to conduct semi-structured interviews with 12 purposefully selected participants. Audio-recorded interviews were translated, transcribed and analysed inductively on NVivo12 using reflexive thematic analysis.Results: The themes identified were caregivers’ experience of consequences of caregiving and caregivers’ experience of coping with their caregiving role. Participants experienced negative consequences on their emotional, mental and physical health. The participants use internal and external resources to cope with the challenges they face, and many highlighted using emotion-focused coping strategies.Conclusion: The findings revealed an urgent need to develop support strategies to strengthen informal caregivers’ coping and promote good health particularly in rural South Africa where informal caregivers play a crucial role in the management of severe mental disorders.Contribution: The finding demands that policymakers and healthcare providers prioritise the health and well-being of the informal caregivers. There should be policies targeted specifically at developing and implementing caregiver-orientated healthcare services.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)
Date 2024-03-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v30i0.2144
Source South African Journal of Psychiatry; Vol 30 (2024); 8 pages 2078-6786 1608-9685
Language eng
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Coverage Africa — informal caregivers
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Olindah Silaule, Fasloen Adams, Nokuthula G. Nkosi