The Psychosocial Well-Being of Orphans in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania: - A Case of 13 to 15-Years-Old Orphans in Kihologota Ward, Iringa Rural District, Tanzania

Mgaya, Tumaini Richard (2014) The Psychosocial Well-Being of Orphans in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania: - A Case of 13 to 15-Years-Old Orphans in Kihologota Ward, Iringa Rural District, Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study investigated the psychosocial well- being of orphans in the context of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, a case of 13 to 15-years-old orphans in Kihologota ward, Iringa rural district. The study intended to understand the psychosocial well being of orphans aged from 13 to 15 year by analyzing their psychosocial needs, coping mechanism and psychosocial support available for them. Under the course of this study the sample of 10 respondents as well as data collected through in-depth interviews and further analyzed through narrative analysis. The study findings showed that there inadequate social and physical needs for the orphans, non parental disclosing of their health status to its children, orphans are not involved in the decision making affecting their welfare, and lack of formal psychosocial support. Furthermore study recommend on Inter-sectoral collaboration for mitigate the impact of the ensuing changes and challenges among orphans, government, NGOs, and other aid agencies to establish formal structures where foster families can be trained as to how to manage the changes and challenges that confront the orphans while parent with HIV/AIDS has to disclose their status to their children, government has to formulate a formal psychosocial support programme which will be used to orient those key people who are dealing with orphans frequently such as teachers or foster families and Community has to involve children in their matters affect their welfare such as in decision making because this will allow them to talk and share their views and orphans will appreciate that are being respected. Also family need to be re-evaluated in the light of the present reality that as we are losing conventional family units and children are often left with minimal care or none at all.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 360 Social services; association
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology and social work
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 12:30
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:30
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/566

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