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GENDER DIFFERENTIALS IN THE PERCEPTION OF MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG THE YORUBA OF OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

OLAWANDE, TOMIKE IBIRONKE and Jegede, Ayodele S and Edewor, Patrick and Fasasi, L. T. (2018) GENDER DIFFERENTIALS IN THE PERCEPTION OF MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG THE YORUBA OF OGUN STATE, NIGERIA. Ife PsychologIA, 26 (1). 134 -153. ISSN 1117-1421

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Abstract

Mental illness presents lots of challenges especially in Nigeria. There are various cultural factors that influence perceptions of people about mental illness. Although studies exist on perceptions of mental illness, little attention has been paid to gender differences. This study therefore examined gender differentials in the perception of mental illness among the Yoruba people of Ogun State, Nigeria. Labelling theory provided the theoretical framework. Nine hundred and sixty seven adults were randomly selected. Five In-depth Interviews were conducted among caregivers of people living with mental illness (those who are receiving treatment and those who have recovered) and nineteen Key Informant Interviews were conducted among orthodox practitioners and traditional healers. The study revealed that there were significant differences between men and women in the perception of mental illness. Stigmatisation and gender discrimination among People Living with Mental Illness (PLWMI) should be eradicated through government actions, advocacy and education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender differentials, Mental illness, Treatment, Perception, Ogun State
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 07:35
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2018 07:35
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/10532

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