Brief Report

Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Caregivers and Households of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) from a Low-Income South African Community

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 22, issue 3, 2012 , pages: 435–439
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2012.10820551
Author(s): Mambwe Kasese-HaraUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Mzikazi NdunaUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Misheck NdebeleUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Noleen PillayUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Abstract

This study reports on the health and psychosocial wellbeing of caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and members of their households in a low-income South African community. Participants were 54 guardians of OVC registered to receive support at the school based support center. The guardians' age ranged between 26–65 years, with 4 participants being men. Data on the health and psychosocial wellbeing of the participants were collected using a questionnaire designed by the authors to suit the socio-cultural characteristics of the population. Descriptive statistics were obtained using a computerised statistical package (SAS). Findings suggest that caregivers of OVC are themselves vulnerable in terms of poverty, burden of care and mental health problems, especially depression.

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