Mental health experiences of mothers in Jos, Nigeria: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

JIDONG, Dung Ezekiel, HUSAIN, Nusrat, FRANCIS, Christopher, MURSHED, Maisha, ROCHE, Ayesha, IKE, Tarela J., KARICK, Haruna, DAGONA, Zubairu K., PWAJOK, Juliet Y., NYAM, Pam P., MWANKON, Shadrack B. and GUMBER, Anil (2021). Mental health experiences of mothers in Jos, Nigeria: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. SAGE Open Medicine, 9.

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Objectives:: There is an increasing mental health disease burden in mothers with infants and young children, especially in low- and middle-income countries such as Nigeria. Children of distressed mothers suffer early-life exposure from the effects of maternal distress which contributes to the risk of physical and mental health problems in their childhood and beyond. This study explored mental health lived experiences of mothers in Jos, Nigeria. Methods:: Purposive and Snowball sampling techniques were adopted, and a total of 40 mothers participated with 8 to 11 participants in one of the four focus group discussions. Participants were between the ages of 18 and 43 years, self-identified as mothers with each having a child between the ages of 3 and 48 months. Each focus group lasted approximately 60 minutes and was audio-recorded. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results:: Three overarching themes emerged from the data set such as (1) experience of persisting psychological distress from the time of labour/birth; (2) cultural practices that influence feelings; and (3) anxiety due to limited knowledge about childcare, access to support and healthy food. Conclusion:: Maternal mental health in Nigeria is under-researched and distressed mothers have limited knowledge about evidence-based early child development. The study recommends developing and testing culturally appropriate parenting interventions in Jos, Nigeria. This is likely to be beneficial for the mother and may also improve child health outcomes.

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Additional Information: ** Embargo end date: 09-04-2021 ** From SAGE Publishing via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article starting on 09-04-2021: **Journal IDs: eissn 2050-3121 **Article IDs: publisher-id: 10.1177_2050312120970714 **History: published_online 09-04-2021; accepted 13-10-2020; submitted 09-07-2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Original Article, Children, cultural context, care-giving, diet, postpartum, maternal mental health
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SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 11:58
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 12:00

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