oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Attitudes of psychiatric nurses towards traditional healers in South Africa

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



The purpose of this study was to identify the attitudes of psychiatric nurses towards traditional healers in South Africa. Fifty-seven black psychiatric nurses from Soweto (Johannesburg) participated in the study. The instrument included a 20-item Scale on Attitude towards Traditional Healers and three open questions. Findings showed an overall positive attitude of the nurses and a possibility to develop a working partnership with traditional healers in mental health care provided formal policy guidelines structuring the practice of traditional healing are specified. The most preferred option for working with traditional healers was cooperative/collaborative partnership. The significance of these results as well as their nursing practice and policy implications are discussed.

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