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Table 3 Building the connections (attributions vs. core themes) (to be placed in page 30, before internal and external locus of control)

From: Attributions and private theories of mental illness among young adults seeking psychiatric treatment in Nairobi: an interpretive phenomenological analysis

Interview questions attribution dimensions Core themes
What is it that leads you to seek treatment today? Internal locus of control or dispositional attributions: based on behaviour within the client Negative emotions and thoughts misconduct behaviour Transitional challenges-from teen to adult life Poor performance in school Self-stigma and shame of disclosure
External locus of control or situational attributions: Based on behaviour (from others) to the individual Negative childhood Experiences Strained relationships with parents and other family members Rejection from others and stigma Lack of finances Decline in social life
What are your thoughts about the psychological issues you are experiencing? Controllability: if the individual is personally able to guide, influence or prevent the situation Negative emotions and Thoughts
Un-controllability: if the individual is personally not able to guide, influence or prevent the situation Negative childhood experiences Strained relationships with parents and other family members Rejection from others and stigma Lack of finances Decline in social life
Tell me about some (other) important experiences or events in your life that you associate with your difficulties and how the problems began. Stability: unchanging causes Death of loved ones
Un-stable: changing/fluctuating causes Negative emotions and thoughts
In relation to the psychological issues, what is your view on others and yourself? Stigma from others and self Self-stigma
Stigma from others
What do you think is needed for your illness to be cured or might ease your pain? Treatment preference Need for therapy
Need for medication