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Psychosocial issues among children and adolescents in an integrated paediatric HIV psychology service in Botswana

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 25, issue 2, 2015 , pages: 160–163
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2015.1021534
Author(s): Lindsay E. MullanFielding Graduate University, USA, Paul C. MullanChildren's National Health System, USA, Gabriel M. AnabwaniBotswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence, Botswana


This study explored the psychosocial issues faced by children and adolescents with HIV in Botswana. Data on psychosocial issues were collected from 27 young children aged 5–9 years and 128 adolescents aged 10–19 years (n = 155). Data were analysed using Microsoft Excel 2007 and MiniTab16. The most frequently identified psychosocial issues were behaviour problems (70%), family issues (58%), and HIV medication adherence (57%). Compared to young children, adolescents were more likely to have HIV medication adherence issues. Missed appointments were most commonly attributed to patient forgetfulness (21%) and conflicting appointments (18%).

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