Virgininia Dube, Jeanette Maritz

Ingutsheni central hospital, ZIMBABWE

Title: A Medico-judicial Framework for rehabilitation of forensic psychiatric patients in Zimbabwe


Virgininia Dube received her graduation in DOCTOR OF LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY in health studies. In part of graduation she worked at Ingustsheni Central Hospitalon on Medico-Judicial Framework for Rehabilitation of Forensic Psychiatric Patients in Zimbabwe. Virgininia Dube is interested in research on Jeanette Maritz is a part-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. She is a director in a business, life and research coaching practice. For the past six years Jeanette has been conducting research focusing on unleashing performance in business organizations and Institutions for Higher Education. Dr. Maritz completed her Master’s degree in 2005 and her PhD in 2008. Her PhD focused on the development of a psycho-educational programmer for team coaches to facilitate the mental health of managers. She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. Jeanette conducts qualitative workshops at a number of Higher Education Institutions.


Purpose The purpose of the study was to develop a medico-judicial framework for rehabilitation of forensic psychiatric patients in Zimbabwe. Design/methodology The study used the grounded theory approach utilizing a mixed sequential dominant status design. Purposive sampling of key stakeholders was the primary method and theoretical sampling became necessary as the study evolved. Pierre Bourdieu’s conceptual canon of field, habitus and capital was utilised as a theoretical point of departure by the research study. Findings and results Findings and results showed dislocation and dissonance between and within the habitus of social fields of health, the judiciary and the prison systems with an ensuing hysteretic effect that negatively affected the outcome of forensic psychiatric rehabilitation in special institutions in Zimbabwe. Forensic psychiatric patients were caught up in a double bind situation of aligning to both of the contradictory functions of the medical and the prison systems. The result of this hysteretic scenario seemed to breed some kind of rehabilitative schizophrenia. It would seem like forensic psychiatric practice has all along been and is still drinking forensic psychiatric rehabilitation water from a cracked cistern of prison system supremacy which does not slacken the thirst of comprehensive rehabilitation. Discussion The developed medico-judicial framework is projected to transform the libido dominandi of the present into a widened scope of therapeutic jurisprudence. The medico-judicial framework is forwarding the forensic psychiatric practitioner to a new address since it has changed its residence from the special institution to the forensic hospital. It is inviting the person involved with forensic psychiatric rehabilitation to begin again, inciting him or her to be open to the possibilities of mapping a path through the tangled growth of current realities into an increased width and depth of comprehensive forensic psychiatric practice that follows an empowering legislative prescript.

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