Caregiver mental health and HIV-infected child wellness: perspectives from Ugandan caregivers

Sarah Murray, I. Familiar, N. Nakasujja, Peter John Winch, Joseph J Gallo, R. Opoka, J. O. Caesar, M. J. Boivin, Judith Bass

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Abstract

Prior studies indicate a substantial link between maternal depression and early child health but give limited consideration to the direction of this relationship or the context in which it occurs. We sought to create a contextually informed conceptual framework of this relationship through semi-structured interviews with women that had lived experience of caring for an HIV-infected child while coping with depression and anxiety symptoms. Caregivers explained their role in raising healthy children as complex and complicated by poverty, stigma, and isolation. Caregivers discussed the effects of their own mental health on child well-being as primarily emotional and behavioral, and explained how looking after a child could bring distress, particularly when unable to provide desired care for sick children. Our findings suggest the need for investigation of the reciprocal effects of child sickness on caregiver wellness and for integrated programs that holistically address the needs of HIV-affected families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 6 2016

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Keywords

  • child health
  • HIV
  • mental health
  • qualitative
  • Uganda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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