South African Journal of Psychiatry

The South African Journal of Psychiatry is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by African Journals Online. This publication is geared toward Psychiatrists and Psychologists and covers the subjects of Psychiatry and Psychology.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 4, December

A Review of the Applications for Involuntary Admissions Made to the Mental Health Review Boards by Institutions in Gauteng in 2008
The Mental Health Care Act No. 17 of 2002 (MHCA)1 replaced the Mental Health Act No. 18 of 1973 in South Africa in December 2004. The new Act serves to raise the issues and profiles of mental health and to support mental health care users (MHCUs)....
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Attitudes towards Psychiatry of Undergraduate Medical Students at Bayero University, Nigeria
According to the World Health Organization, 10-18% of Nigerians suffer from mental or psychological disorders, both mild and more disabling (it has been estimated that about a third of patients attending general health services clinics suffer from...
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Cannabis Publication Analysis Using Density-Equalising Mapping and Research Output Benchmarking
Cannabis, also known as grass, pot or marijuana, has spurred abundant controversy over the past century. In the UK this conflict reached a turning point in January 2004, when the British government downgraded cannabis from a class B drug to a class...
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Religious Beliefs, Coping Skills and Responsibility to Family as Factors Protecting against Deliberate Self-Harm
There is no widely accepted definition for suicide, even though it has been documented since time immemorial. The word is derived from the Latin for 'self-murder', and it is often a fatal act that represents the person's wish to die. (1) Few acts have...
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The Problematic Neglect of Phenomenology in Contemporary Psychiatry
An adequate understanding of the phenomena of the psychoses remains elusive. This might seem a rather perplexing observation given strenuous research endeavours and a wealth of scientific information, particularly in recent years in the domains of...
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The Regulation of Informed Consent to Participation in Clinical Research by Mentally Ill Persons in South Africa: An Overview
Informed consent is a primary precondition of legal and ethical clinical research and is regarded as the 'cardinal principle for judging the propriety of research with human beings'. (1) Based on the ethical principle of respect for personal autonomy,...
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