Protecting hearth and health: Herero women's sacred calling and secret burden;
The purpose of this study was to discover the processes Herero women in Namibia, southwest Africa, use to provision health and illness care for themselves and their families. An exploratory design, which incorporated grounded theory methods, participant-observation and ethnographic interviewing, was used to plan and carry out data collection and analysis throughout the study. Interviews with Herero women who were actively living health and illness care experiences were the primary source of data. Watson's theory of human care and the theoretical foundations of feminist scholarship affirmed the transpersonal nature of the research and guided the investigator in becoming part of the research process. Data collection and analysis strategies used to demonstrate rigor and trustworthiness of the research were: constant comparative analysis, theoretical sampling, prolonged engagement, and data triangulation. Three major concepts, which illustrated Herero women's health care activities, emerged from the data: (1) Mediating Strength, (2) Confronting Fear, and (3) Palliating Suffering. By modifying and integrating major concepts, a substantive theory, Protecting hearth and health: Herero women's sacred calling and secret burden, was developed to explain how Herero women care for themselves and their families in contemporary Namibia. This theory describes gender-specific cultural practices related to health and illness care in Herero society, and explains how Herero women endure the burden health and illness care places upon them. Findings from this research can be used as a basis for developing hypotheses and research questions for further study of Herero women's experience. Future research should focus on the following areas: (1) the impact of Herero women's protecting processes on family health; (2) the nature and degree of burden Herero women experience as protectors of hearth and health in the family; and (3) culturally specific nursing interventions designed to decrease Herero women's burden.
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Health Behavior; Hygiene;
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