Nonmedical Healing Methods Knowledge and Behavior Among Parents of Children With Mental Health Problems

Unal S., İŞERİ E. , Gurhan N., Sener S.

FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH, vol.34, no.4, pp.349-358, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/fch.0b013e31822b555f
  • Title of Journal : FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH
  • Page Numbers: pp.349-358


This study examined knowledge and behavior concerning nonmedical healing methods used by parents whose children present with mental health problems and to determine the factors affecting this behavior. Knowledge of a variety of nonmedical health methods was found to be more common than use of such methods. Among those expressing knowledge of such methods, religious procedures were found to be more common than those that are nutrition related. Also, nonmedical healing method use increased as the mother's age decreased. We found a significant relationship between nonmedical healing method-using behavior and a positive family history of nonmedical healing method usage. Education about mental health problems and their treatment is very important, especially for young mothers. Increased understanding about nonmedical healing methods among health care providers will improve the patient-family-provider relationship.