Muslim Traditional Healers in Accra, Ghana: Beliefs About and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Traditional and faith healing is a common practice in many low- and middle-income countries due to resource limitations and belief systems, particularly for disorders such as mental disorders. We report on the beliefs about mental illness from the perspective of one category of alternative healers i...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Authors: Kpobi, Lily N. A. ; Swartz, Leslie 1955-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V. [2019]
In: Journal of religion and health
Further subjects:B Faith Healing
B Islam
B Mental Disorders
B Ghana
B Jinn
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:Traditional and faith healing is a common practice in many low- and middle-income countries due to resource limitations and belief systems, particularly for disorders such as mental disorders. We report on the beliefs about mental illness from the perspective of one category of alternative healers in Ghana-the Muslim faith healers. We also report on their methods of diagnoses and treatment for mental disorders. Results show that the healers' beliefs about mental illness revolved around the notion of Jinn as causing most mental illness. Emerging themes are discussed with reference to their potential implications for patients' care and health-seeking behaviour.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10943-018-0668-1