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Continued nurturing of dead child by mother consequent upon spirituality and family dysfunction: A case report
Stephen Adesope Adesina1, Isaac Olusayo Amole1, David Akintayo OlaOlorun2, Adenike Adeniran2, Adewumi Ojeniyi Durodola3, Olufemi Timothy Awotunde2
1FWACP (FM), Consultant, Department of Family Medicine, Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria.
2FMCGP, Consultant, Department of Family Medicine, Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria.
3FWACP (FM), Consultant, Department of Family Medicine, Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria.

Article ID: 100001F01SA2016
doi:10.5348/F01-2016-1-CR-1

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Nigeria, 210001

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Adesina SA, Amole IO, OlaOlorun DA, Adeniran A, Durodola AO, Awotunde OT. Continued nurturing of dead child by mother consequent upon spirituality and family dysfunction: A case report. Edorium J Family Med 2016;1:1–4.


Abstract
Introduction: Spirituality has many important positive influences on human health, and a good family functioning contributes to the healthy development and well-being of individual family members. However, there are instances in which spirituality exerts a negative influence on health. Similarly, poor family functioning can adversely impact the ability of members to cope with stressful life events.
Case Report: We present a case of a 37-year-old female whose family was dysfunctional. For five days after the death of her five-year-old son she continued to nurture and care for the corpse until it started to stink on the claim that God had told her the child was alive.
Conclusion: Medical professionals need to be cognizant of these adverse consequences of spirituality and family dysfunction in order to adopt a holistic approach that mitigates them.

Keywords: Family dysfunction, Nigeria, Ogbomoso, Spirituality, Stressful life event


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Author Contributions
Stephen Adesope Adesina – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Isaac Olusayo Amole – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
David Akintayo OlaOlorun – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Adenike Adeniran – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Adewumi Ojeniyi Durodola – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Olufemi Timothy Awotunde – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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