Parenting experiences of mothers living with a chronic mental illness

Angelina Motlalepula Rampou, Yolanda Havenga*, Mary Madumo

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-127
Number of pages10
JournalHealth SA Gesondheid
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Chronic mental illness
  • Experiences
  • Mother
  • Parent accompaniment programme
  • Parenting


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