A Qualitative Analysis of the Kind of Support Needed by Family Members Regarding Reintegration of Male State Patients into their Families in South Africa
Lavhelani NR*, Maluleke M, Masutha TC, Thabathi TE, Manyuma D, Rangwanenei ME, Kharivhe ML, Thandavhathu GT and Raliphaswa NS
Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
*Corresponding Author: Lavhelani NR, Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
October 17, 2022; Published: November 28, 2022
Introduction: State patients are admitted to the psychiatric hospitals according to the Mental Health Care Act, 17 of 2002 after being declared as such by the magistrate courts as a result of not found fit to stand trial for the offence they had committed. Family members of state patients need support regarding reintegration of these patients into their families after successful rehabilitation at the psychiatric hospitals. There is limited information in the literature about the kind of support needed by family members regarding reintegration of state patients back into their families. In light of the limited information, this study seeks to explore and describe the kind of support needed by family members regarding reintegration of male state patients into their families using a qualitative approach.
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to explore and describe the kind of support needed by family members to reintegrate the state patients into their family.
Method: A qualitative approach using explorative, descriptive and contextual designs was adopted. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 family members who were purposefully sampled, and data were thematically analysed using Tech Open Coding method.
Results: During analysis of data three themes emerged regarding the kind of support needed by family members from the hospital, community, and the government.
Conclusion/Recommendations: Data revealed the kind of support family members require from hospitals, community and govern regarding re-integration. The study recommends that a model need to be developed regarding re-integration of state patients into their families.
Keywords: Family; Family Member; State Patient; Support
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