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An ethnographic study of schizophrenia in Zimbabwe: The role of culture, faith, and religion

Chidarikire, S ORCID: 0000-0002-8250-9876, Cross, M ORCID: 0000-0001-5526-4650, Skinner, I ORCID: 0000-0002-1296-7492 and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2018 , 'An ethnographic study of schizophrenia in Zimbabwe: The role of culture, faith, and religion' , Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health , doi: 10.1080/19349637.2018.1531366.

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Abstract

This ethnographic study explored the experiences of eighteenShona speakers living with schizophrenia in Zimbabwe. Datawere collected using semistructured interviews, observationsand field notes. Almost three in four participants reportedhaving a strong religious affiliation and believed mental illnessesare caused by spirits (zvirwere zvemweya) or witchcraft(zvirwere zvevaroyi). Cultural and religious beliefs influencedthe perceived causes of schizophrenia, symptom explanations,and help-seeking behavior. Schizophrenia compounded socialdisadvantage, often leading to family disruption, isolation,homelessness, and wandering. Faith and religious belongingprovided participants access to support and fostered hope,resilience, a sense of self-worth and greater quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Chidarikire, S and Cross, M and Skinner, I and Cleary, M
Keywords: culture, faith, ethnography, mental health, quality of life, religion, schizophrenia, spirituality, traditional healing, Zimbabwe
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1934-9637
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/19349637.2018.1531366
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