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Risk factors to mental health challenges among the LGBTI+ community in Gaborone, Botswana


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Title Risk factors to mental health challenges among the LGBTI+ community in Gaborone, Botswana
Creator Mangwegape, David S. Manyedi, Mofatiki E. Molato, Boitumelo J.
Subject Pychiatric nursing coping mechanisms; discrimination; hormonal replacement therapy; LGBTI+; mental health challenges; misgendering; stigma
Description Background: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and other gender diverse groupings symbolised by + (LGBTI+) individuals experience adverse mental health problems, and several factors have been documented to facilitate such problems. However, in Botswana, the factors facilitating LGBTI+ individuals to experience mental health challenges have not been explored with previous studies only highlighting the poor mental health outcomes they experience.Objectives: The aim of the study was to explore and describe factors that could cause mental health challenges in LGBTI+ individuals in Gaborone, Botswana.Method: A qualitative, descriptive, phenomenological design was employed to examine the research question. In data collection, 15 unstructured in-depth telephonic interviews were conducted until data saturation. Data were analysed with a co-coder using the data analysis method by Colaizzi.Results: Three themes emerged following data analysis and were reasons for experiencing mental health challenges, experiences of challenges in accessing healthcare services and the social challenges of everyday life.Conclusion: The findings indicate that a variety of factors influence the mental health problems in some LGBTI+ individuals.Contribution: The knowledge of the factors that cause LGBTI+ individuals’ mental health challenges can inform mental healthcare to be rendered. The findings can apprise nursing curriculum development and policy regarding the needs of LGBTI+ individuals.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor None
Date 2024-05-22
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Phenomenological study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/curationis.v47i1.2543
Source Curationis; Vol 47, No 1 (2024); 10 pages 2223-6279 0379-8577
Language eng
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Coverage — — LGBTI+
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 David S. Mangwegape, Mofatiki E. Manyedi, Boitumelo J. Molato