Beliefs and practices of mothers in the treatment of common illnesses by traditional healers on selected barangays in Indang, Cavite : a correlational study

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing




This study utilized the quantitative, non-experimental, correlational method of research. The respondents of the study were selected mothers who had experienced consulting traditional healers in Indang, Cavite. Self-made questionnaire was distributed to 105 mothers chosen through Snowball sampling. Data was analysed using frequency, percentage, mean, t-test and Pearson’s correlation. The profile of the respondents showed that most of the respondents were 36 to 45 years old, have one (1) to three (3) children, Catholic, have monthly income of P10,000 and below, high school graduates, unemployed, have children who experienced cough, usually get medical care from traditional healer. The respondents' beliefs and practices regarding treatment of common illnesses by traditional healers were both to a high extent. Additionally, both the beliefs and practices of the respondents had no significant difference in the treatment of common illnesses by traditional healers when grouped according to age, number of children, educational attainment, employment status, religion and common illnesses experienced by children. However, a significance difference was seen when the respondents were grouped according to monthly income of family and usual source of medical care. There was a high positive correlation between beliefs and practices of respondents' regarding treatment of common illnesses by traditional healers. It showed that the mothers who have high level of beliefs in the treatment of illnesses by traditional healers will most likely practice the recommended treatment to a high extent.

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