n Health SA Gesondheid - Parenting experiences of mothers living with a chronic mental illness

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1025-9848
  • E-ISSN: 2071-9736



Intrapersonal, interpersonal, social and economic factors associated with chronic mental illness influence mothers' parenting abilities which in turn influence childhood mental health.

The aim of the study was to explore and describe the parenting experiences of mothers with a chronic mental illness.
An explorative, descriptive and qualitative research design was used. Ten participants were purposively sampled until saturation occurred. Data was collected using in-depth individual interviews and a content analysis was carried out.
Mothers with a chronic mental illness experienced various challenges and expressed their family support needs.
A family-centred approach to mental healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation is proposed.

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