Berom cultural beliefs and attitudes towards mental health problems in Nigeria: a mixed-methods study

Jidong, D.E. ORCID: 0000-0001-5034-0335, Ike, T.J., Tribe, R., Tunariu, A.D., Rohleder, P. and Mackenzie, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-6818-2838, 2021. Berom cultural beliefs and attitudes towards mental health problems in Nigeria: a mixed-methods study. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. ISSN 1367-4676 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Beliefs and attitudes are essential in mental health discourse. However, cultural beliefs and attitudes towards mental health problems (ATMHPs) among the Berom people of Nigeria are under-researched. The present studies made original contributions using the cultural identity model (knowledge of tribal language and culture) as predictors to investigate ATMHPs, and semi-structured interviews to further examine the potential impact of cultural beliefs on mental health problems. In study 1, N=140 participants responded to questionnaire on ATMHPs and a 5-point Likert-type scale on knowledge of tribal language and culture. Data collated was analysed using multivariate multiple regression in RStudio. Study 2 interviewed N=13 participants (n=7 laypeople; n=6 Western-trained mental health practitioners). Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically. Findings of study 1 showed cultural identity model non-significant predictor of ATMHPs. However, in study 2, four themes emerged: Cultural beliefs that MHPs are caused by spiritual forces; Berom indigenous preference for traditional healing; Christian religious healing in Berom communities; and Western-trained mental health practitioners' perception of lay service-users. The authors concluded that Knowledge of culture and tribal language has no impact on ATMHP; however, the Berom traditional and Christian religious healing could be harnessed as essential forms of indigenous mental healthcare provision.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Mental Health, Religion and Culture
Creators: Jidong, D.E., Ike, T.J., Tribe, R., Tunariu, A.D., Rohleder, P. and Mackenzie, A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 10 December 2021
ISSN: 1367-4676
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 13 Dec 2021 15:08
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2021 15:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45113

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