Anxious lives: exploring lived experience of Nigerian sickle cell patients

Alex Asakitikpi

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    This paper discusses the illness narratives of undergraduate students suffering from sickle cell anaemia. The study explores participants concept of the self in relation to the disease on the one hand, and on the other, the construction of their identity in relation to significant others, friends and the wider community in order to gain a deeper understanding of their symbolic and interactional meanings. Data was generated from six undergraduate students in a private university in south western Nigeria. The qualitative data collection techniques used included in-depth interviews, unobtrusive observation and informal group discussion. The study was conducted over a period of two years and the data were content analysed. The study found that sickle cell patients defined the disease as natural due to its hereditary nature. Participants experiences with the disease in relation to others were described as frightening , stressful and delimiting within a broad socio-cultural framework that is characterized by empathy and endurance. The findings suggest a more focused awareness campaign that stresses cooperation and understanding of the disease and interactions with sickle cell patients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)235 - 246
    Number of pages12
    JournalBritish Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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