oa Mosenodi - Family caregiving of the mentally ill in Botswana : experiences and perceptions

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-559X



This paper reports a grounded theory study that investigated family caregiving of psychiatric persons in Botswana. A convenience sample of thirty (N=30) caregivers (26females and 4 males; 16 urban and 14 rural) participated in in-depth interviews to explore their experiences, perceptions and demands in home care fort heir mentally ill relatives. In addition four family group studies were conducted to explore the contributions that members of family made in the care they provided. Data analysis was conducted by open and axial coding; grouping like data together through constant comparison. The interviews revealed a myriad of experiences and problems that families encountered in the provision of care. The caregivers' situation was perceived as difficult and burdensome due to lack of control over the situation and in adequate resources at both the family and community level.

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