Open Access Journal of Depression and Anxiety

Parental Behavioural Ambivalences and Mixed Anxiety-Depression Disorder in Young Adults of Cross-Cultural Families: Case of Oku and Mbessa Communities of Cameroon

Published on: 2019-02-04


This study was carried out to investigate the impact of behavioural ambivalences of both maternal and paternal parent communities during and after inter-communal conflicts on mixed anxiety- depressive disorders in young adults of bi-communal families.The problem is that young adults of bi-cultural parents are prohibited from going to war against their maternal community yet members of both communities still reject these young adults, treating them with love and hate.This study employed the Double Bind Theory. Two hypotheses set for the study were:(H1;) Protection-rejection behavior of paternal community and :(H2) Protection-rejection behaviour of the maternal community during and after inter-communal conflicts determines anxiety- depressive disorders among young adults born of inter-com-munal families.A sample of 10 Oku, 10 Mbessa, 10 mixed Oku-Mbessa and 10 mixed Mbessa-Oku young adults were selected. After passing the HADS test, 03 mixed participants with highest scores were given clinical interviews.From the scores on the thematic content analysis, results showed that the three participants were victims of ambivalent behaviours (6/6, 5/6, 5/6 respectively) and positive for mixed anxiety-depression disorder (5/9, 7/9, 7/9 respectively). This suggests that ambivalent behaviours of parent communities during the conflicts in-fluenced mixed anxiety-depression disorder among young adults of mixed families. Therefore with cultures and traditions as major triggers, conflicting demands from children of bi-cultureding war can ovoke mixed anxiety-depression.


Ambivalence; Bi-Communal Families; Mixed Anxiety- Depressive Disorders