PSYCHOSOCIAL HEALTH OF ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN CHILDREN’S HOMES IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE.

Author's Name: Wadzanayi Loraine Gurupira & Tendai Chikutuma
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Psychology
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

Psychosocial health, early Childhood Development, orphaned, vulnerable children, caregivers, Heads of children’s homes.


Abstract

The study sought to establish the extend to which orphaned and vulnerable children in ECD were assisted with their psychosocial health. The qualitative research design and a bit of quantitative methods based on interviews and questionnaires were used. Participants in the study were children’s homes Heads and caregivers (5 children’s homes Heads and 12 caregivers). Data was content analysed. The analysis included direct reports of the participants’ responses to interviews and questionnaires results were tabulated. The study revealed that the Heads of the children’s homes and caregivers understood what the psychosocial health of orphaned and vulnerable children entails and the orphaned and vulnerable children displayed characteristics of being psychosocially healthy. The following conclusions were made; the psychosocial health of children was being taken care of and the caregivers were doing their best The study recommended that more support from different stakeholders may be given to the children’s homes so they fully meet the needs of the children and that the caregivers may be trained in handling psychological problems as they spend much time with the children.

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