Journal Article

Culture Religion and Infertility: A South African Perspective

VISHANTHIE SEWPAUL

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 5, pages 741-754
Published in print October 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/29.5.741
Culture Religion and Infertility: A South African Perspective

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This paper contains data pertaining to cultural views on fertility and infertility, and the use of traditional healing in infertility, from a sample of twenty-four case studies of infertile participants and from twelve religious leaders representative of the faiths of the infertile participants. This is followed by a discussion on the impact of religion on the handling of infertility. The unique differences between the Indian and African world views compared with those of Coloureds and Whites2 are evident. However, the impact of religion on the handling of infertility reflects similarities across different religious groups. Within the various themes that emerged regarding religion and infertility, the most pervasive, across all religious faiths, was that infertility was seen as punishment for wrong-doing. The individual's level of involvement with religion, their personal conception of God, and their sense of self in relation to God appeared to be important factors in influencing the impact of religion on the experience of infertility.

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Subjects: Social Work

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