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n Health SA Gesondheid - Parenting experiences of mothers living with a chronic mental illness
Background : Intrapersonal, interpersonal, social and economic factors associated with chronic mental illness influence mothers' parenting abilities which in turn influence childhood mental health.
Aim : The aim of the study was to explore and describe the parenting experiences of mothers with a chronic mental illness.
Methods : 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.
Results : Mothers with a chronic mental illness experienced various challenges and expressed their family support needs.
Conclusion : A family-centred approach to mental healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation is proposed.
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