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Peer group support intervention reduces psychological distress in AIDS orphans

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Is peer group intervention effective in improving the psychosocial well being of AIDS orphans?


326 young AIDS orphans (aged 10–15 years; 50% male; 94.5% Bantu ethnic group and 42.6% “double” orphans), identified from registers of 20 schools. AIDS orphan status was verified by report by surviving parent or guardian.


Mbarara municipality, Mbarara District, southwest Uganda (study dates not reported).


Peer group support programme including physical healthcare or control (no support intervention). The peer group support programme (n = 159) is aimed at improving coping among AIDS orphans by providing social support and sharing concerns, fears and worries about orphanhood. It comprised 16 1 h psychosocial exercises, implemented over 10 weeks after school by teachers who were trained to facilitate the intervention. The exercises had originally been designed for adults and were modified for children. Children in the intervention group also received monthly physical health assessments and …

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